Snappers get set for Britain Loves Wikipedia launch at Victoria and Albert Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 29 January 2010
An arty picture of a man close up against a wall with the words jumpers for goalposts painted on it

(Above) Take a shot at the National Football Museum for Britain Loves Wikipedia. Irwin,

Britain Loves Wikipedia, the campaign daring culture snappers to bulge the pictorial evidence of museums and galleries on the online encyclopaedia, will kick off a month of competitions and events on Sunday (January 31) with a day of talks and excursions at the V&A's Art Fund Prize-nominated Sackler Centre.

Organisers Wikimedia UK – the increasingly vast audio-visual branch of Wikipedia – have teamed up with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Collections Trust and Culture24 in a bid to beat the 300 photographs produced in the inaugural campaign last year.

A photo of a skeleton in a bare, dimly-lit room

Grim views at the Old Operating Theatre

"Britain Loves Wikipedia provides a stimulating opportunity for museums and Wikipedia to work more closely together for the benefit of the public," said MLA head Roy Clare.

"Wikipedia provides a vivid forum for engaging public interest in the stories within collections held in museums across the country."

A photo of the outside of a large white brick museum under a blue sky

Imperious imagery from outside launch venue the Victoria and Albert Museum

Participants can choose which objects they deem worthy of exposure at 20 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, from Preston's National Football Museum and London's gory Old Operating Theatre to John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar and two Royal Air Force Museums.

"Museum collections hold a vast range of objects that have great cultural significance and enhance our knowledge of our origins, but are not as well covered on Wikipedia as they deserve to be," observed Wikimedia UK Chair Michael Peel.

"We hope to increase the number of photographs on Wikipedia for the world to share, enjoy and learn from."

Starts 11am Sunday, talks at 11.30am. Admission free (includes tea and coffee). Visit the campaign website for more details and a full list of venues.

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