Cultural partnerships

Virtual Volunteering with the National Galleries of Scotland

Over the course of lockdown in Scotland, we’ve seen a variety of responses to the conditions of the pandemic reflected in our partnership work.  At the National Library of Scotland, staff worked to upload and transcribe the Scottish Chapbook collection to Wikisource.  Student internships adapted and moved online/remote, and Wikimedia UK rolled out online training… read more »

Our 2021 AGM and Community Day

By Katie Crampton, Communications and Governance Coordinator We had a wonderful Annual General Meeting and Community Day on Saturday, and we’d like to thank all of our members, volunteers, trustees, staff and supporters who attended and made the day so special. Thanks to a large number of our members using their votes for our board… read more »

Non-Western Art and Artists Heavily Under-Represented on Wikipedia

New research identifies a strong fixation on the Western canon in Wikipedia’s coverage of visual arts, but offers ways towards a more truly global perspective. If you were asked to name artworks or artists, how many would be non-Western? You might visit the free encyclopedia Wikipedia to support your search; after all 1.7 billion visitors… read more »

Welcome to the British Library’s new Wikimedian in Residence

By Lucy Hinnie, Wikimedian in Residence at he British Library, on Twitter at BL_Wikimedian Hello, I’m Dr Lucy Hinnie and I’ve just joined the Digital Scholarship team at the British Library as the new Wikimedian-in-Residence, in conjunction with Wikimedia UK and the Eccles Centre. My role is to work with the Library to develop and support colleagues… read more »

London College of Communications – decolonisation through Wikipedia

Written by the London College Communications Teaching Hub for their blog. Back in April and May we collaborated with London College of Communications students and staff around decolonising Wikipedia, building on work they’ve been doing to decolonise the curriculum. As part of that we are looking at a partnership with a focus on decolonisation, the visibility… read more »

Education booklet – Imperial College London

Extract from the Education booklet case study, written by Wikimedia UK and University of Edinburgh. Earlier this year we produced a booklet with the University of Edinburgh, bringing together a collection of case studies from across the UK in order to provide insight into the use of the Wikimedia projects in education. It is our… read more »

Growing our volunteer community in Scotland

In 2019 we hired Dr Sara Thomas as our Scotland Programme Coordinator. As Sara’s expanded our reach across Scotland, the demand for volunteers and trainers has increased hugely. Though it’s odd to think about in-person meetings while working from home, the Train the Trainer course in Glasgow has set up a network that’s prepared us… read more »

Leveraging open data at the National Library of Wales

By Jason Evans, National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales Over 7 years ago the National Library of Wales made the decision not to claim any rights to digital reproductions of public domain works. I was then employed as a Wikimedian, in partnership with Wikimedia UK, to actively begin sharing this content openly on… read more »

“Masterpieces of the World” – A Landmark Partnership between Wikimedia UK and the Khalili Collections

Wikimedia UK is launching a landmark partnership with the UK-based Khalili Collections – one of the greatest and most comprehensive private collections in the world. Over the course of five decades, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Professor Nasser D. Khalili has assembled eight of the world’s finest art collections – each being the largest and most comprehensive… read more »

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