About the Events

Editing the Long Nineteenth Century: Recovering Women in the Digital Age is a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons dedicated to increasing the visibility and discoverability of ‘forgotten’ women of the long nineteenth century. The first event, #BBKIWD, was held on International Women’s Day 2017, and was a great success. An update on the progress we have made through our events since then is available on our blog.

Our next edit-a-thon is a collaboration with the Foundling Museum and forms part of the Being Human Festival.

When: Saturday 17 November 2018, 1pm-4pm

Where: Room 317, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Why: Despite its male face, women permeate every aspect of the Foundling Hospital story; as mothers, supporters, wet nurses, staff, apprentice masters, artists, musicians, craftsmen and foundlings. Yet for almost 300 years, history has placed these women as a footnote in the story. Ensuring that these women have a digital presence is a crucial part of making them discoverable for broad audiences and new researchers and redressing the balance of the history of the Foundling Hospital. Our Wikipedia edit-a-thon invites you to participate in the project of creating and improving Wikipedia pages dedicated to the women who shaped the Foundling Hospital.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential. Please book your place through the Foundling Museum website.

It will be run as a workshop with a step-by-step introduction to setting up stub articles at the beginning of the session. Please bring your laptop and prepare by following the advice on our Edit-a-thon Cheat Sheet. The workshop tutors will be on hand throughout the session to offer help and answer questions.

If you can’t be there in person, we encourage you to participate remotely and tweet your progress, as well as any questions, to us at @recoveringwc19.

Please tweet using the hashtag #BBKWikiWomen.

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