Britain Loves Wikipedia/About
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'Britain Loves Wikipedia' is a month-long competition and series of events designed to photograph the treasures of our nation's museums and galleries. People from all ages, all backgrounds and all communities can take part in the competition, with the chance of winning a prize enticing them to actively involved themselves in recording and understanding the country's cultural treasures. All the photos submitted into 'Britain Loves Wikipedia' will be made available under a free license and can be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. As a result, our nation's treasures will be viewable by all, not just by those that live nearby.
For more about the event, see the press release.
In February 2009, Wikipedia Loves Art took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, resulting in 327 images that are now available on Wikimedia Commons.
Britain Loves Wikipedia 2011
We plan to run Britain Loves Wikipedia again in 2011, and we are currently seeking museums to participate. For background information, please see Museum Participation page for this year's event.
2010 Event Coverage
- 2009-11-26 "Seeking museums to love Wikipedia" OpenCulture blog, CollectionsTrust
- 2009-11-27 "Britain Loves Wikipedia: Wikimedia seeks underexposed UK Museum", Heritage Key
- 2009-12-03 "Museums and galleries encouraged to embrace Britain Loves Wikipedia campaign" Culture24
- 2009-12-07 "Photo contest with Wikimedia and Museums", IanVisits
- 2009-12-10 "Britain Loves Wikipedia - opportunity for museums to participate", Museums Galleries Scotland
- 2010-01-06 "Wikipedia Comes to East Lothian (or is that the other way around?)", Behind the Scenes, East Lothian Museums Blog
- 2010-01-29 Britain Loves Wikipedia press release, WMUK
- 2010-01-29 Public help capture museums collections, MLA
- 2010-02-02 Britische Museen öffnen sich für Wikimedia, heise online / UK museums open up to Wikimedia, H online
- 2010-02-05 Snap up web challenge to picture sites, Scotsman.com news