New Wikipedia Editors

On Tuesday 13th December, I organised a Wikipedia editor session at the Black Country Living Museum (thanks for hosting and providing great Wi-Fi and lovely biscuits).

Andy Mabbett was our highly experienced and knowledgeable trainer.  9 delegates learnt  about Wikipedia, and all the elements that make up this unique resource.

After some general instructions, everyone then set about creating their own Wikipedia articles.  At first, they got to work on a secure behind the scenes page,  named aptly named their “sandbox” by Andy.  After some practice, everyone then went on to creat their own Wikipedia articles.

One of the delegates Marcus, has written a short blog post about the session.  Read it at  During the session worldwide Wiki editors were on patrol, correcting the new editors, and we even had a case of Geohacking. 

The session has now given the delegates the skills to become Wiki editors. Enabling them to support their colleagues and volunteers in ultilising Wikipedia to increase access and knowledge about their organisations and collections.


You can read another review of the session at, which has been written by Monica Stewart, from the Pen Room Museum.


4 responses to “New Wikipedia Editors

  • Natalie Osborne

    Thanks for providing this training. A member of staff from the RBSA went and is already helping other staff members to share the skills and ideas. It’s all very interesting and exciting.

  • Marcus Belben

    Hi, It was a good training session, and have already talked to Paganel Primary staff about it. They are interested in using Wikipedia in school – would it be possible for Andy to come along to Paganel Primary in Jan/Feb and train two or three teachers interested in making wikipedia entries with their children? We are waiting on decision for HLF repository archive application – the training/ wiki project would be separate to this but does feed into it very well. Thanks again for organising – I’ll contact Andy directly too. Thanks Marcus

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