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Falling to pieces: Wikipedia and history

This post was written by Richard Nevell, Assistant Office Manager Ruins are fascinating. From the columns of ancient Greece to the shattered remains of Coventry Cathedral, they evoke all sorts of emotions. Wonder, incredulity, nostalgia, reverence. During the 18th and 19th centuries they helped inspire romanticism. There’s an exhibition about them at the Tate: Ruin… read more »

Ten ways educators can use Wikipedia

This post was initially published on the Jisc Inform website here Wikipedia is meant to be a starting point, not a final source of knowledge. It is permanently incomplete and evolving, with continuous formal and informal review. Delving into that process, learners can explore critical reading, digital literacy and deep questions of knowledge. Dr Martin… read more »

Vote for your picture of the year…

This post was written by Stuart Prior, Wikimania Liaison Once again, it’s time for Wikimedia Commons’ Picture of the Year. This really does showcase the quality of photographers we have out there contributing to the community, and there’s a lovely diversity in the work displayed. Not to forgot those adding illustrations, maps and diagrams (I… read more »

Stephen Fry records his voice for Wikipedia

Stephen Fry wears many hats – wit, television presenter, actor, writer and geek. He now has a new hat to wear: Wikipedia contributor. Stephen was recently approached by Wikipedia editor Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing), who founded the Wikipedia voice intro project (WikiVIP). Although in New York at the time, Stephen willingly obliged and recorded a sample of… read more »

Your local heritage is open to the public

This post was written by Richard Nevell. There are hundreds of local history and archaeology societies in the UK, and there’s a reason there were 50 million visits to heritage sites in England alone in 2010. Wiki Loves Monuments covers some headline attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Westminster Abbey, but it also includes buildings… read more »

Canadian Copyright Collection from the British Library on Wikimedia Commons

This post was written by Andrew Gray and Philip Hatfield and was originally published on the blog of the Wikimedia Foundation here July 1st was Canada Day, and Wikimedia UK and the British Library announced the release of 2,000 historic photographs of Canada. Since September 2012, we’ve been working to digitise a collection of historic Canadian photographs… read more »

Painting from Commons to feature in new book

A painting of “A Lane at Hamstead, Staffordshire” by English painter William Ellis is to feature in a new book after being re-discovered on Wikimedia Commons. Andy Mabbett, who has been working as an independent Wikipedian in Residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall, found the out of copyright image and brought it to the… read more »

Wiki Loves Monuments in the UK: a review of the exhibition

This post was written by Richard Nevell.  On Friday 3rd May, the Wiki Loves Monuments photo exhibition was packed up, marking the end of their time in the country, and is now en route to Sweden. Wiki Loves Monuments is the largest photography competition in the world, and in 2012 resulted in more than 300,000 images… read more »

Winner of the 2012 Picture of the Year contest

This is a guest post by User:Mono and was originally published on the Wikimedia Foundation blog here 3990 votes were cast by Wikimedians to determine the seventh Picture of the Year in this yearly competition on Wikimedia Commons. A total of 988 pictures promoted to featured picture status in the previous year were included in the competition. The… read more »