Welcome to the Wikimedia UK press page. This page is intended to be a first port of call for journalists and reporters with an interest in the work of the charity.
Wikimedia UK is the Wikimedia chapter covering the United Kingdom. We are a charity that supports and promotes Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia. We also exist to help collect, develop and distribute freely licensed knowledge (and other educational, cultural and historic material). We do this by bringing the Wikimedia community in the UK together, and by building links with UK-based cultural institutions, universities, charities and other bodies. We also represent UK-based Wikimedians to the Wikimedia Foundation and the global Wikimedia movement. While our office is based in the Shoreditch area of London we have volunteers throughout the UK, working on projects as diverse as editing Wikipedia, building relationships with GLAM institutions, advocating on behalf of the open knowledge movement, delivering training and hosting editing workshops.
We issue several press releases every year when there's something particularly newsworthy related to Wikimedia UK and / or Wikimedia projects. If you'd like to be included on our distribution list please email email@example.com All press releases are also published directly on our blog.
Our blog is often a good place to go to get details about some of our projects and initiatives. Blog posts are written by several volunteers and staff and are a useful way to keep in touch with the activities of the charity. A selection of our favourite posts from the last few months is below but more stories, images and video are added on a regular basis so do check back often or subscribe.
Wikimedia UK is also active on Twitter (@wikimediaUK) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/wikimediauk)
Recent blog highlights
Notes from a Wikimedian in Residence 11 July 2013
John Cummings is our Wikimedian in Residence at the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. In this report he explains what his role is and describes some of his activities.
Wikipedia to celebrate Rosalind Franklin's birthday 4 July 2013
To help celebrate Rosalind Franklin's birthday Wikimedia UK is working with the Royal Society and the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research to host a special event on 25 July. The event features talks and a session editing Wikipedia articles about notable women in science and technology. Places are still available at the event. See the blog post for more information.
Wikimedia UK yn penodi Rheolwr i Gymru / Wikimedia UK appoints Wales Manager 2 July 2013
This post was published in both English and Cymraeg. Robin Owain was recently appointed as our Wales Manager. He'll be leading on the charity's work in Wales for Wikimedia UK and Wici Cymru, and in both English and Welsh.
Jisc and Wikimedia UK to bridge between academia and Wikipedia 27 June 2013
Dr Martin Poulter has been appointed as our Wikimedia / Jisc Ambassador. Dr Poulter's work will involve acting as a liaison between higher education institutions, Jisc and Wikimedia UK.