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Processions: a Wikipedia editathon celebrating 100 years of votes for women

8th June 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A woman shouting the words "Edit", suffragettes marching and holding up signs "votes for women".

Celebrate the lives & contributions of the suffragettes and all the incredible women missing from Wikipedia! This event is part of 2018’s celebration of one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act (1918)came into force and women were finally given the right to vote.

This event for Processions 2018 at the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library is a chance to learn about & celebrate the role notable women have played in the campaign for Votes for Women through researching, writing & illustrating Wikipedia articles about their lives, their contributions, the hitsory of marches and of banner-making.

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world and the first point of information for many so surfacing knowledge there can make a huge impact. Yet, as of April 2018, only about 17.56% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies are about women. Not impressed?

Join us this for Processions 2018 as we help make Wikipedia better!

The event is open to the public. No prior knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles of their choice.

NB: Please bring a laptop along to the event or email me at ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk if you require to borrow one for the event.

Programme for Thursday 8 June
  • 12pm – 1pm: Welcome and crash course in Wikipedia editing.
  • 1pm – 7pm: EDIT! (Drop in when you can and stay as long as you want to/need to – Warning: Wikipedia editing is highly addictive)
  • 7pm – 7:45pm:Publishing the article if not already done so.
  • 7:45pm – Close

Then you can check how long it takes for it to appear in Google’s top ten results!

Have a look at the event page to see if there are pages you would like to help edit/create and if you fancy learning more about Wikipedia ahead of time then you can view the Wiki Basics site.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://edin.ac/2JZdveQ

Header Image: Processions Banner created by Ewan McAndrew


8th June 2018
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ewan McAndrew


Training Room 1.11, Edinburgh University Library, 50 George Square
EH8 9LJ United Kingdom + Google Map