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Wikimedia UK put out several press releases each the year. These are put out via our blog and by email (if you want to receive them, please contact us). Previous press releases are below.

Wildlife educational charity connects with Wikipedia
16 August 2011: Bristol- based wildlife charity Wildscreen is trialling a partnership with Wikimedia UK. The partnership aims to help Wikipedia editors improve text articles on endangered species by consulting Wildscreen's ARKive project – an award winning online educational resource profiling the world's endangered species.
Press releases/Medical Research Council workshop
1 July 2011: Medical scientists and science communicators are meeting in London today to learn how to improve Wikipedia, in a workshop run by Wikimedia UK and the Medical Research Council.
Cancer Research UK teams up with Wikipedia to improve online cancer information
28 March 2011: Wikimedia UK, the organisation supporting Wikipedia in the UK, today announces it will be running a 'Wikipedia Workshop' at Cancer Research UK's London offices. Guided by experienced Wikipedia editors, Cancer Research UK's staff will explore how their unique expertise can benefit Wikipedia, improving existing cancer-related pages and sharing new information about cancer and health.
Derby Museums and Wikipedia join forces
14 January 2011: Derby Museums has today announced that it has become the first regional museum service in the UK to formally join forces with Wikimedia UK to help improve Wikipedia’s content.
Announcing the “GLAM-WIKI:UK” conference
22 November 2010: On 26-27 November, the GLAM-WIKI conference at the British Museum will bring together Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums with Wikimedia for a series of hard-hitting presentations.
Fundraising summit
7 May 2010: From Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2010, Wikimedia UK will host Wikimedia delegates from across the world as they meet in Bristol.
Britain Loves Wikipedia
29 January 2010: Britain Loves Wikipedia is a month-long competition and series of events to be held in participating museums nationwide from 31 January 2010.
Mary Rose Trust donation
3 January 2010: The Portsmouth-based Mary Rose Trust have released a number of photographs relating to the salvaged sixteenth-century warship Mary Rose onto Wikipedia. This is the first such image donation by a UK-based organisation.
Public domain day
31 December 2009: What do Howard Carter, discoverer of the famed tomb of King Tutankhamen, novelist Ford Madox Ford, and sexologist Havelock Ellis all share in common? They all died in 1939. On New Year's Day 2010 all their works enter the public domain in the UK and become free for any use.
Wikimedia Commons 5 million files
2 September 2009: Wikimedia Commons, one of the largest free media repositories on the Internet, reached the 5 million media files milestone today. Created just five years ago as a common repository of images for the different language versions of Wikipedia, it has grown to include video, animation, sound, and graphics files.

Potential future releases

You can view a comprehensive list of the press releases that have been sent to the press, as well as ones still in draft format here.

Name Timescale
IUCN red list and Wikipedia join forces to inform the world about biodiversity Pending approval from IUCN
Wikimedia Commons 10 million files Draft
1 billion edits on Wikimedia projects Draft
Free online news Pending release
Ofqual report Draft