Wikipedia Takes Chester

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Chester History & Heritage, St Michael's Church – the venue for the event

Wikipedia Takes Chester - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Starting at: Chester History & Heritage, St Michael's Church, Bridge St, Chester CH1 1NW
  • When?: Saturday, 7 September 2013, 10.30 - 16.00
  • Booking: was captured here
  • Point of contact: Harry Mitchell (harry.mitchell at; for urgent enquiries, phone the Wikimedia UK office on 020 7065 0990.

Wikipedia Takes Chester was a one-day photo scavenger hunt, held in the city of Chester on 7 September 2013 as part of the wider Wiki Loves Monuments competition in the UK. The event was held at Chester History and Heritage, St Michael's Church, Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NW.

Information for attendees

The day started with a briefing over tea and coffee at 10:30 at the venue, at which the target list was distributed, along with a map of the city and a copy of the rules for the event and for Wiki Loves Monuments. The targets were buildings within the City of Chester that are of architectural or historical interest, with particular emphasis on Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings (buildings judged by English Heritage to be of national importance), photographs of which were also entered into the Wiki Loves Monuments competition.

The aim was for the contest to begin in earnest at 11:00 and for all participants to be back at the venue by 16:00. However, this was only a guideline and participants were welcome to start late and/or return early – the aim of the event was for quality rather than quantity.

No previous experience of Wikipedia was necessary to take part—experienced editors - Harry Mitchell and Dan Garry - were on-hand to help through the upload process and to answer any questions.

Any questions? (archival)

  1. Who is this event for?
    Anybody can participate! If you're interested in Chester, the city's architecture, photography, or Wikipedia, or just curious, you'll be very welcome. No previous experience is necessary.
  2. What time does it start?
    The briefing will be at 10.30, but latecomers will still be welcome to participate.
  3. What time does it end?
    All participants must have returned to the venue by 16.00. Participants are welcome to return earlier; there will be somebody at the venue all day.
  4. Do I have to register to attend, or can I just arrive on the day?
    Registration is required simply so that we know how many people to expect and so that we know how to contact you, for example if you win a prize. You may be able to register on the day unless the event is over-subscribed. It is not compulsory to provide your real name (a pseudonym or Wikipedia username, for example, would be fine), but you must provide a working email address.
  5. What do I need to bring?
    You'll need at least one digital camera per team, and if you have a laptop, please bring it. We hope to have spare computers available, but there will not be enough for everybody. There will be somebody at the venue all day, so you should be able to leave your laptop with us.
  6. How do I get to the venue?
    Participants arriving from the train station who wish to walk to the venue may find this map helpful.
  7. Where can I park?
    There is a very good park and ride service in Chester. Parking is free and it only costs £1.50 for adults to ride the bus - Children go free. Buses run every 10 minutes. The most appropriate park and ride service appears to be from: Wrexham Road (Service No 33) - Set down and pick up points at Foregate Street and Pepper Street (only a 1 minute walk from Pepper Street!)
    Other parking options can be found at:
  8. How much does it cost?
    Nothing. It's absolutely free to take part!

Rules (archival)

To be eligible for a prize in the Wikipedia Takes Chester competition, images must:

  • Be taken between 10:30 and 16:00 on 7 September 2013.
  • Be uploaded at full resolution to Wikimedia Commons on the day of the event, or as soon as possible afterwards with the agreement of the organisers.
  • Be released under the Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license ( or a compatible license.
  • Depict at least one item on the target list (you may upload other images to Commons, but they will not be eligible for a prize).
  • Be still photographs—other types of images (eg entirely computer-generated works, drawings, or videos) will not be eligible.
  • You must provide a valid email address – this will be used to provide you with information about the event. This is also how you will be notified in the event that you win a prize. Your email address will not be passed on to any third party, but may be used infrequently to notify you of similar Wikimedia UK events.
  • As a general rule, please do not submit photographs of people.
  • The organisers may take some photographs or videos of the event; if you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please make yourself known to the organisers in person on the day or by email at any time before the event.
  • Please note that some of the buildings on the target list may be private residences; please be especially respectful in these cases – do not trespass on private property, do not continue to take photographs if asked to stop by the occupier, and avoid photographing vehicle number plates if possible.
  • Please do not upload photographs of text (eg noticeboards or signs).
  • Ask permission before taking photographs of building interiors.
  • Please be respectful and considerate to your fellow photographers.
  • Do not continue to take photographs if asked to stop by building occupiers or the authorities.

Photographs of Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings can also be submitted to the Wiki Loves Monuments competition subject to the rules of that competition.

Uploading (archival)

  1. Look through your photos and decide which ones you want to upload. The same building from lots of different angles is fine, but if you've taken the same shot multiple times, pick your best one and upload that.
  2. To start uploading:
    1. Log into (or create an account on) Wikimedia Commons; if you have an account on Wikipedia, that username and password should work on Commons.
    2. Navigate to or*_listed_buildings_in_Cheshire_West_and_Chester; find the building on the list of which you want to upload a photo (eg Chester Cathedral) and click "upload another image" (or the grey placeholder image if there is no existing image). This pre-fills the description and location and automatically submits your images to Wiki Loves Monuments.
    3. Click "Select media files to share", and select all your images of the listed building (you can upload up to 50 at a time).
    4. Once they've uploaded (you should see a green tick next to each image), scroll to the bottom and click "continue".
    5. On the next page, confirm that the photos are your own and that you agree to the licensing conditions (the most restrictive licence allowed on Commons is Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike), which means that anybody can use your photo, but they must state that it belongs to you (attribution) and that any derivative works must be released under the same licence.
    6. Give your photos a name. You can do this on your computer beforehand if you prefer. A name like "Chester Cathedral 7-9-2013 (1)" or similar is fine. The Upload Wizard will allow you to copy the title and description from the first one to all the others if you select "copy information to all uploads below". The description and other information should be pre-filled for you so you can leave that alone unless you want to add a more detailed description.
    7. In the "categories" box, put "Images from Wikipedia Takes Chester by <your name>" (eg Images from Wikipedia Takes Chester by Harry Mitchell)
    8. Once all your images have names and categories, scroll down, click "next" and wait for the next page to load. Then you're done!