Wikipedia:GLAM/Natural History Museum and Science Museum/Trowelblazers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
  • Date: Saturday 19th October 2013
  • Time: 10:30am - 5.00pm
  • Venue: Board Room, Natural History Museum
  • Outcomes - here
  • For more information contact: Tori Herridge from Team TrowelBlazers ( or John Cummings, Wikimedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum (

Celebrate women in archaeology, palaeontology and geology – by creating and improving Wikipedia articles!

TrowelBlazers was a one-day Wikipedia editathon dedicated to improving the Wikipedia pages of key women in archaeology, palaeotology and geology. There was a practical training in how to edit a Wikipedia page, support and resources on-hand to make editing easier, and we’ve even lined up a team of experts (biographers and historians) to give talks about trowelblazing women and to lend their expertise. This event was open to those new to Wikipedia and to experienced contributors. Female editors were especially encouraged to attend.

Our aim for the event was: 'Help us improve the visibility of a host of forgotten women in science! We can think of no better way to celebrate International Archaeology Day, Earth Science Week AND Ada Lovelace Day.'

We talked about female paleontologists in the earth sciences library as part of the event

Attendees were asked to bring

  • A laptop
  • Details of your Wikimedia username (create one now! - by clicking on the link on the top right)
  • Ideas of topics you want to edit on
  • Reference material


  • 10.15: assemble at visitor desk, Earth Galleries (Exhibition Rd entrance)
  • 10.30: start - welcome talk, over tea/coffee
  • 10.45: get cracking on editing, focussing on getting to grips with wiki training
  • 11.30: break - we'll head behind the scenes (!) to the Earth Science Library Reading Room, to see archival material and fossil relating to women scientists at the Natural History Museum, and have panel discussion Q&A
  • 12.15: (ish) - back to editing with renewed vigour!
  • 13.15: lunch (everyone does their own thing)
  • 14.15: welcome back - feedback on progress, and chatting about what we've discovered, trouble shooting
  • 14.30: editing!
  • 15.45: break - Back to the Earth Sciences Library for show and tell of fossils from the NHM collections collected/worked on by Dorothea Bate, Dorothy Garrod, Helen Muir-Wood, and Barbara Hastings
  • 16.15: final editing flourish!
  • 17.00: wrap up/end

Joining online (archival)

  • Feel free to pick a topic from the target list and join in! Before the event, you can get in touch with us for support materials.
  • To join in a conversation about the event and to ask questions simply click on the Talk page at the top of this page. All you need to do is:
  1. Sign up for a Wikimedia account by clicking sign up in the top right hand corner of any Wikipedia page.
  2. Click on the talk page
  3. Click new section to start a new topic or click edit next to the section you would like to add to
  4. Type your message and then click the sign button in the menu bar
  5. Click save page at the bottom of the page

Twitter hashtag: #TBwiki

I'm attending online

  • RBedescone(talk) 21:03, 18 October 2013 (UTC) - Should be popping in to write about Etheldred Benett & Dorothea Bate late morning early afternoon.

Topics for the editathon

Women we intended to focus on include:

Geology and Paleontology


main online source:


  • John Cummings