A person looking at an object in a case in the Living with Machines exhibition at Leeds City Museum

POSTPONED Living with Machines Wikithon: Exploring the Margins


06 October 2022

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue Leeds City Museum


FREE – Book a place here

Research for the Living with Machines exhibition at Leeds City Museum showed that some significant figures from Leeds history are under-represented on Wikipedia. This Wiki workshop aims to expand and amplify knowledge about these areas, with a particular focus on women and working class figures.

At this Wiki editing workshop, you will receive training on creating and editing wiki pages in order to communicate the hidden gaps of history. With expert support from Wikimedians and researchers alike, this is an unmissable opportunity to improve Wikipedia for the better.

Event timings

1 – 1.15pm: Introduction to Wikipedia
1.15 – 2.15pm: Training Session
2.15 – 2.30pm: Break
2.30 – 2.40pm: Picking tasks for the session
2.40 – 4.10pm: Editing (with breaks at your leisure)
4.10 – 4.30pm: Sharing, discussion, next steps

Everyone is welcome! You won’t require any previous Wiki experience but please bring your own laptop for this event.

We’re particularly interested in improving content around:

– Women who owned workshops and mills etc
– Working class people who pushed for better working conditions and the employers who worked with them
– Significant companies and buildings around Leeds, especially the ecosystem of skilled workers and small companies that supported mechanisation in Leeds, from the 1700s to the present day.
– Historians who worked on working class lives and collective action
– Weavers, such as those who signed the weavers’ petition and provided evidence for Parliamentary Select Committees.
– Working class writers of autobiographies and memoirs
– Women workers in the Preston Strikes (and others)
– Men’s and women’s football players on factory teams (e.g. munitionettes during WWI)
– Artworks and images that depict factories: who painted them and why?

Booking essential, limited places.

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