We work in partnership with organisations in the cultural and education sectors to make knowledge freely available, usable and reusable online. Our programme is delivered by expert staff and volunteers with extensive experience of working with content-holding organisations to open up collections, remove barriers to knowledge and develop new public engagement models. In 2019/20 there were 1.2 billion views of cultural content on Wikimedia pages, released as a result of our work in collaboration with the sector.
Raising digital skills and confidence across the UK heritage sector is vital to ensuring we can all access the rich collections of museums, galleries and archives in the UK. We were among the successful applicants awarded funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, enabling us to do just that.
The projects at the British Library focus on underrepresented heritage, with the India Office Records collaboration, the Bengali books project, and an Art + Feminism event in collaboration with the University of Arts London.
The residencies at the Science Museum have contributed an extraordinary amount of information to the Wikimedia projects, especially for Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. The project focuses on underrepresented knowledge in STEM, such as scientists and engineers who were women, people of colour, and working class.