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Museum offers a Back Stage Pass to Wikipedia Volunteers

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03 November 2011

This rare event will see the Museum opening up its object stores and site to inspire volunteers to create Wikipedia articles about the Museums collections. The Wikipedia day at the museum will include a curator led tour of the Black Country Living Museum’s hidden collections, a chance to explore collections from other local groups and museums including the Smethwick Heritage Trust, Black Country History Society, Pen Room Museum and the Birmingham Assay Office.

Museum curators and an expert Wikipedian, Andy Mabbett will also be on hand to offer practical advice and support throughout the day. As a reward for all the volunteers’ hard work the Museum will even be providing its famous fish & chips as a complimentary lunch.

Jo Moody, Senior Curator at Black Country Living Museum said, “The Wikipedia event is a great opportunity to find out more about the objects at the Museum and to tell their stories. We are all very excited about the chance to work with local Wikipedia editors and to bring more of the Black Country’s history to life.”

Attendees will need to have some knowledge of using Wikipedia and will be required to bring their own laptop with power cable. If attendees wish to add their own images to articles they will need to bring a digital camera.

Pre booking is essential as places are limited! Please email helen.taylor@bclm.com to register

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