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Art, Women, the Police and the build up to Wikimania

By Jonathan Cardy, Andy Mabbett

March was a diverse month both in the focus on diversity or international Women's day and in geographic diversity, with events in York, Dundee and the Midlands as well as London, a very high proportion of UK Wikimedians will have had an event within a couple of hours travel.

Police

Andy Mabbett led an event at the West Midlands Police Museum, gaining access for Wikipedians to a museum that is usually only open to researchers by appointment. A number of articles were improved, and, thanks to the curators kindly removing glass fronts from display cases, many great pictures were taken (some still awaiting transfer from Flickr). This was probably the first UK editathon to be visited by an armed response vehicle, whose crew kindly posed for pictures, and displayed some of their specialist equipment, on the proviso that their faces were not shown!

Diversity

w:User:Fae and the other attendees at the Petrie museum of archaeology

Wikimedia UK supported international Women's day with support for two GLAM events. one on artists at Goldsmiths and the other on female archaeologists. The event at the Petrie Museum was sufficiently successful that we are planning a fringe event for just after Wikimania.

Scotland

March saw the first event in Dundee, an editathon focussed on female Scottish artists.

York

Pat Hadley, the Wikimedian in Residence at the Yorkshire Museums trust, hosted an editathon in York.

Royal Society of Chemistry

On 28 March, a number of volunteers delivered an all-day training session in the library of the Royal Society of Chemistry's impressive London headquarters, Burlington House, on Piccadilly. The audience included RSC staff, fellows and guests, including academics and journal editors.

Wikimania London 2014

All the submissions are in for events at this year's Wikimania and there are 55 in the GLAM and Free Culture track. The programme committee is currently assessing them and the hundreds of other submissions, one of their criteria for choosing what goes in the programme is the level of interest, so please look through the submissions and sign up for the ones you would most like to see.

June Free Culture hack

As part of the build up to Wikimania there will be a Free culture hack on 7 and 8 of June.


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