Cinema Museum Back Stage Pass

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A backstage Pass to London's Cinema Museum, Kennington - In a nutshell

  • Where?: 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) London SE11 4TH
  • When?: 11 October 2014, 11am-4pm
  • Point of contact: Jon Davies ( for Wikimedia UK in his volunteer capacity.
  • Cost: Free
  • How do I sign up?: Register here
  • Photos from the event: This will be an amazing opportunity to photograph original cinema artefacts from uniforms and ice cream trays to projectors and billboards. These are precious and often fragile so great care will need to be taken.

About the event

The event will focus on editing pages related to cinemagoing in the UK especially, making use of resources available at the Cinema Museum.

How do I prepare?

Here are some notes prepared by the event organisers for this workshop...
  1. Before coming please create a Wikipedia account via this page. If a lot of people try to create new accounts at the same place it can trigger the wikipedia sockpuppet trap and lockout any new accounts from that IP address for the day so you might not be able to create an account on the day.
  2. If there is a topic you want to write about or photograph then email Jon Davies ( with the topic so he can see if materials can be ready ahead of time.
  3. There are some online tutorials for editing wikipedia if you want to study before hand.
  4. Bring a laptop if you have one. We will have a few laptops available on the day but not enough for everyone. iPads and other tablets are not ideal for new editors.
  5. Event will be at the Cinema Museum which is housed in the old Master's House of Lambeth Workhouse where Charlie Chaplin, amongst many others, spent unhappy childhood days.
  6. Limited cycle parking. Nearest bus stops 'Kennington Lane, 'Kennington Road' 'Elephant and Castle'. Nearest stations 'Kennington' and 'Elephant and Castle' (each about 5 minutes walk away). Both of these stations are on the Underground. The Museum is hidden behind Renfrew Road so look at a map before you set off.
  7. A list of names will be left at the museum reception. Registration is important as this is not normally open to the public.
  8. Event will start at 11am.
  9. The first part of the event will offer a training session led by a volunteer from Wikimedia UK for those who need it.
  10. Lunch will be provided.
  11. After lunch there will be more time to edit articles or photograph artefacts and upload them.


this is draft

  • 11:00-11:30 introductions and getting set up
  • 11:30-12:30 initial Wikipedia editing training or individual editing or photography,
  • 12:30-13:00 Tour of museum
  • 13:00-14:00 break for lunch (Pizzas)
  • 13:00-16:00 creating/improving articles (with support from the Wikimedia UK trainers if needed) and more photography.

Target articles

There has been no substantial discussion about session content except that the general subject area is cinema and cinemagoing. The museum has agreed to release the images taken under a CC-BY-SA licence.

New articles created on the day:

Articles that could be expanded:


"Objects photographed in the Cinema Museum (London)" now has 196 images in it, all taken on 11 October.

Articles worked on


Background information:

  • About 30 participants can be present for this event
  • There are power sockets for people to use
  • Attendees should be encouraged to bring their laptops but some laptops from WMUK can be booked.
  • As for internet access there is limited internet at the Museum and WMUK will bring a hub.

The trainers who will be present on the day are:

  1. Jonathan Cardy (talk)
  2. Edwardx (talk) 17:43, 15 September 2014 (BST)


  • The venue is not wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop available if booked 1 working day in advance