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Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1st to 31st May 2013. If you want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe to our blog, join a UK mailing list, and/or follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line on this report's talk page.

Program activities



Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit a microgrant application of your own, are at Microgrants/Applications.

Microgrant outcome

GLAM activities

Oxford - Queen Victoria's Journals

On 24 May Liz McCarthy of the Bodlean libraries and Wikimedia UK ran an editathon in Oxford using resources that included Queen Victoria's journals, which the Bodleian and the Royal Archive have launched online in a site with different versions of the text, indexes, essays, and other facilities. The site is free to users in the UK, and until the end of June 2013 only to all global users. Nearly 20 people took part, in Oxford or just online, and articles worked on included:

Liz has also written a Blog re this

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Wikimedia UK has had a Wikipedian in residence at Tyne and War Archives and Museums. Successes include outreach to relevant Wikiprojects (Tyne and Wear used to be a centre of the world's shipbuilding). Results include a number of pictures now used in featured articles, such as at w:EN:Minas Geraes-class battleship#Bidding and construction.

Future WikimediaUK GLAM events

People can now sign up for the following future events:


Other activities

  • An editathon was held in London for members of the Burgon Society, a learned society dedicated to the study of academic dress (full report).

Other UK-related news

This new section is for UK-based Wikimedians to share their activities. These are not Chapter projects, but may well be of interest.


Joburgpedia plaques - picture by Luis Corvini

Thanks to the help of Fae we were contacted by Dumisani Ndubane of the Joburgpedia project. They are building on Monmouthpedia and Gibraltarpedia to create the second African Wikitown funded by the Swiss Chapter. For reasons to complex to explain here they wanted to get their plaques made at, Swan Crafts (the place that John Cummings had found in Monmouth that made the Monmouthpedia plaques). The request was to get the items made to a very tight timescale. The project is targetting twenty specific places and intends to have principally other South African languages as the obvious alternatives (via QRpedia). Although other contributions are welcomed. As you can see the design has turned the old plaque upside down to that the Joburgpedia logo can be prominently displayed. Do consider if you could spare some time to help.

Try these - they are mainly stubs so they need some tlc:

  1. Satyagraha House (Gandhi House), Orchards
  2. Friedenskirche German Lutheran Church, Hillbrow
  3. Orlando Stadium, Orlando East, Soweto
More available if you have time --Victuallers (talk) 19:20, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)

Blog posts this month

Upcoming activities in May and June



For events in July 2013 and onwards, please see Events.

Administrative activities


Board activities

There was an in-person Board meeting in London on 11 May. You can read the minutes here

News from the Chief Exec

For information on Jon's activities this month, see News from the Office.


Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in April.

If you're interested in getting more involved with our communications or have any questions or comments, please email Stevie Benton –

Fundraising and Membership


This month, we received £170 in one-off donations, with 3 individual donations. The average donation amount was £56.6 - 33% of these donors have had Gift Aid Declarations made and matched with their records. If anyone would like a full (but anonymised) csv file with more information, please get in touch with and let her know your requirements.

There were 5118 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £20,730.27.


Up to 31st May 2013:

  • 174 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current members - with 5 new join-ups in May.
  • 55 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership should be renewed)
This adds up to 229 members who are eligible to vote