Wikipedia Takes Coventry

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Wikipedia Takes Coventry was a one day photo scavenger hunt, held in the city of Coventry, England on 1 September 2012. Anyone could participate in the day, regardless of photography ability, and whether or not they are a Wikimedian or a member of Wikimedia UK.

The event was created as a part of the collaboration between the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Jordan Well, Coventry and Wikimedia UK, the charity that promotes Wikipedia. It helped create a lasting, freely-accessible photographic record of Coventry's landmarks and history for use on Wikipedia and all over the world - the first event of its kind in the UK.

Wikipedia Takes Coventry - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Starting at: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP
  • When?: Saturday, 1 September 2012, 10.30 - 17.00
  • Point of contact: Harry Mitchell or Rock drum (or email us)
  • Report from the day: Please see HERE!

Useful information

What the attendees were asked to bring

  • Camera
  • Laptop (if possible)
  • A data cable/card reader for transferring your photos.
  • A street map of Coventry (photography targets were listed with addresses)

On the day

Participants met at The Herbert at 10:30. There was a chance to create teams at that point. Registration included granting permission for all photographs to be placed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Attendees who had already pre-registered, had a chance to check in and receive information packet (including the goal list and rules) at the Herbert.


Time Activity Location
10:30 - 11:00 Meet at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Welcome/Introduction Learning Space 2
11:00 - 15:30 Photographing Coventry!
15:30 - 17:00 Uploading session Learning Space 2
17:00 onwards End and Pub/Dinner

Code of conduct

  • Respecting personality rights: You should not make persons on the street the focus of your photographs, without their permission. If someone is in the background, or part of a crowd, or happens to be standing in front of a building in an inconspicuous way, it's OK but you shouldn't focus on an individual.
  • Respecting the rights of property owners: Property owners have the right to restrict you from taking a photograph while standing on their property. But, you can take any photograph as long as you are standing on public property. If someone asks you to stop, stop.
  • Respecting the police: If the police ask you to stop, stop.

Photography advice

  • Keep pictures in focus.
  • Avoid shadows.
  • Show the whole subject in one shot, if possible; avoid cutting off tops of buildings.

Prizes and judging


Prizes were handed out by the Wikimedia UK board at 14:00 on Saturday 8 September, at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. This was filmed and photographed.

Trustees and employees of Wikimedia UK were not eligible to win a prize.

The prizes categories were:

Best photo
  1. £80 Jessops voucher and image printed on canvas
  2. Image printed on canvas
  3. Image printed on canvas
Most points
  1. £20 Amazon voucher
"Other" prize
  1. A selection of Wikimedia merchandise


Judging took place in the week following the event. Winners were informed to give them good time to arrange travel to the ceremony.

The judges were:

  • Stevie Benton, Communications Organiser, Wikimedia UK
  • Kerrie Suteu, Creative Media Officer, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
  • Mike Peel, Trustee, Wikimedia UK


See /Rules

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  1. Do I have to register to attend, or can I just arrive on the day?
    You *must register*, but if you have not done so in advance you can do so on the day. This will take away from precious photography time, however.
  2. Who is this event for?
    Anyone can attend the event! All you need is a camera and a desire to photograph Coventry at its best.
  3. Where should I park?
    The museum is located in Coventry city centre, about 15 minutes' walk from Coventry rail station. There is no dedicated parking for the museum, but there are a number of pay and display car parks nearby. Blue Badge holders may park on Bayley Lane, opposite the entrance to The Herbert. Coventry City Council has produced a city centre map which details car parks and public transport: City Centre Map. The Herbert is located in the Cathedral Quarter at the corner of Bayley Lane and Jordan Well. See also the Museum's getting here instructions for directions.
  4. If I bring my laptop, can I leave it somewhere safe?
    We will have some laptops available for use but it will be better for you to bring your own. You can leave bags and laptops etc. at the museum. The room will either be occupied all day or it will be locked. All equipment is left at your own risk.

Sponsors and partners

The event was made possible thanks to the following partners/sponsors:

Wikimedia UK logo.png Herbert Art Gallery and Museum logo.png
Visit Coventry
and Warwickshire