Join Conway Hall Library & Archives to edit and add information about nineteenth-century freethinkers and social and political reformers to Wikipedia.
Help us to celebrate and raise awareness of the valuable input of humanists to key nineteenth-century reforms and campaigns by improving Wikipedia content about the figures campaigning tirelessly for issues such as women’s rights, parliamentary reform, freedom of the press, suffrage, opposition to the Corn Laws, secularism and anti-blasphemy persecution and even vegetarianism!
Thanks to £88,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Conway Hall has digitised its collection of over 1300 nineteenth-century pamphlets as part of the Victorian Blogging project and is making these freely available online. This collection offers insight into the campaigns and causes that Victorian humanists and freethinkers were involved in as they delivered lectures and published pamphlets to share their radical ideas. Through engaging with the pamphlets and wider Library & Archives collections held by Conway Hall, these often-overlooked contributions of freethinkers will be added to Wikipedia.
Learn all about the fascinating history of humanist campaigning, whilst developing your digital skills and learning how to edit Wikipedia with the help of Wikipedia trainers from Wikimedia UK, the national chapter for the global Wikimedia network. Both beginners and more experience editors are welcome.
A limited number of laptops will be provided on the day, but please bring your own if possible.
We are committed to promoting inclusive practice at Conway Hall. Due to the constraints of our building, the Library is not currently accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility but we are happy to discuss with you how we can make the contents and materials accessible to you. We carefully monitor which events are held in the Library, and will use your comments to enable us to develop ways to ensure that everyone should be able to attend events in the future.