Towards a National Collection

Wikimedia UK and partners working towards increased and diversified engagement as part of the £14.5m awarded to transform online exploration of UK’s culture and heritage collections.

What we do

Our work is shaped by our mission to be the platform which enables the long-term sustainable development and use of open knowledge in the UK.

We transform engagement with cultural heritage collections and deliver increased reach and impact for some of the world's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums

Education

We improve the digital literacy skills of staff and students, with a focus on information and data literacy.

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Wikimedia UK believes that open access to knowledge is a fundamental right, and a driver for social and economic development. Open knowledge and free access mean no barriers and no paywalls. Our projects share the vision of freely creating, distributing and consuming knowledge which represents human diversity.

“Our story should be everyone’s story – we have an opportunity and a duty to use our platform to oppose injustice and equality and to stand in solidarity with people whose voices are marginalised in our community and in our society.”

Nick Poole CEO, CILIP and Chair of the Board, Wikimedia UK

Support Wikimedia UK

Whether you make a single gift or pledge a monthly donation, together we will achieve our vision of a world where every single human being can share in the sum of all knowledge.

Partnerships

Through partnerships in the cultural and education sectors, Wikimedia UK develops and promotes new ways to engage people in the Wikimedia projects. Our partnerships also work to remove barriers to access and unlock new content for everyone’s benefit.

Open knowledge

Open knowledge is accurate, unbiased information which is freely available to everyone. At Wikimedia UK we advocate for open knowledge and free access at organisational, sectoral and public policy level. We support open knowledge development and sustainability through outreach and engagement.

Building community

Wikimedia UK is committed to developing the community of volunteers, editors and members which sustains our work. We deliver high quality training, competitions, community engagement and consultation, small project grants, and other forms of support.

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Who we are

We are the UK charity for the global Wikimedia movement. Our vision is of a more tolerant, informed and democratic society through open knowledge.

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What we do

Our work is shaped by our mission to be the platform which enables the long-term sustainable development and use of open knowledge in the UK.

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Culture

We transform engagement with cultural heritage collections and deliver increased reach and impact for some of the world's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

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Education

We improve the digital literacy skills of staff and students, with a focus on information and digital literacy.

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Scotland

Our partnerships, projects, programmes and events highlight and expend the diverse contribution of Scotland and its community to open knowledge.

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Wales

Our partnerships, projects and programmes across Wales highlight and expand our open knowledge community.

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Latest news

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Connected heritage webinars

As part of the National Lottery funded Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, Wikimedia UK is running webinars to showcase what … Continue reading “Connected heritage webinars”

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Celebrating #WCCWiki at 50!

By Dr Victoria Leonard, FRHistS In July 2021, #WCCWiki marked an important milestone. The initiative, designed to improve the online … Continue reading “Celebrating #WCCWiki at 50!”

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Toward a National Collection

TOWARDS A NATIONAL COLLECTION: WIKIMEDIA UK AND PARTNERS WORKING TOWARDS INCREASED AND DIVERSIFIED ENGAGEMENT £14.5m awarded to transform online exploration … Continue reading “Toward a National Collection”

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Facts

397,202

Wikidata items

were added or improved this year by our activities

24,225

hours

Contributed by volunteers to our programmes

1.2 billion

views

of Wikipedia articles featuring content released with our support

3620

students

participated in our education programme at all levels

1007

newly registered editors

as a result of our programme

305

events

were delivered or supported by Wikimedia, with the majority happening outside London in 2019–20

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