Scottish Fairground Culture Editathon

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What's an editathon?

An Editathon ("Edit" + "Marathon") is an event where Wikipedia editors get together to improve content around a particular topic on Wikipedia, and includes training for people who are new to Wikipedia.

Scottish Fairground Culture Editathon - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  • When?: 7 May 2015, 1pm - 5pm
  • Point of contact: Wikimedian in Residence at Glasgow Museums, Sara Thomas -
  • Twitter: @wikimediauk
  • Cost: Free
  • How do I sign up?: email and
Join us for the event!

About the event

The Showpeople community of Glasgow have been working with Glasgow Museums to preserve and archive knowledge connected to Scottish fairground culture and history. However, there's a gap on Wikipedia about this knowledge, and we'd like to remedy that! Join us for an afternoon of Wiki training and editing.

How do I prepare?
  • Sign up for the event
  • Create a Wikipedia account
  • Bring a laptop or tablet (wi-fi will be provided)
  • Learn about editing if you like: Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
  • Think about what you would like to edit about - you can even prepare some materials to bring with you on the day. We're working on a hit-list of articles (below) to give you a headstart. We'll provide some secondary sources on the day, but you may want to look out some other sources in advance.
  • Photographs - if you'd like to bring photographs to illustrate Wikipedia, please do! We'll be happy to digitise them. Please note that you must own the copyright (or have permission from the copyright holder) and that all photographs would be released on a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License.
  • Refreshments will be provided


13:00 - 13:30 ... Lunch & Introductions

13:30 - 15:00 ... Training on how to edit Wikipedia

15:00 - 17:00 ... Edit!


Please create a Wikipedia account in advance of the event, and leave your username below:


Wikimedian in Residence, Glasgow Museums - Sara Thomas

Conflict of Interest

Wikipedia has a strict policy on COI - you can't edit about your family, friends, or employers, for example.


Here are some suggested articles we'd like to create or improve...

For improvement

For creation

The category Fairs in Scotland only has one entry, Links Market - are there others which could be added?

  • Govan Fair
  • Carlisle Easter Fair
  • Hawick Fair
  • Nairn Fair
  • Keith Fair - Street fair, part of local Highland Show
  • Inverkeithing Fair
  • Alva Fair - part of Highland Games
  • Aboyne Highland Games

Content Created at the Event

Articles Created

Articles Improved

More information about the Showpeople community & Fairground culture

What can I do after the event?

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