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Photograph of a doctor vaccinating a child in the Hyderabad leprosy hospital, 1926. This image is one of thousands uploaded by the Wellcome Library to Wikimedia Commons.

About the event[edit]

Join us to celebrate medics, places, and events that deserve a more prominent place in the online historical record. You'll hear talks on various aspects of the history medicine, to provide some inspiration for the editing to come, then develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web for public engagement.

Experienced Wikipedia editors and complete beginners are both welcome to attend - we'll provide training for anyone new to editing. Participants should bring a laptop if possible – editing is much easier with a keyboard. We will have some laptops available to borrow on the day - please get in touch with me by email if you would like to borrow a laptop for the session.

If you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help!

How do I prepare?
  • Sign up for the event!
  • Create a Wikipedia account (look at the top right of this page for the link). You don't need to do anything else, but it'll speed things up on the day if you've already signed up for an account.
  • Bring a laptop.
  • Learn about editing if you like: see Visual Editor user guide for more information.
  • Think about what you would like to edit about - you can even prepare some materials to bring with you on the day (to help with verifiability).
  • Check out the notability guidelines and what topics can be written about on Wikipedia.
  • Think about whether you have any conflicts of interest.

Draft Programme[edit]

The scene as we re-assembled after lunch

11.00 – Registration
11.10 – Welcome
11.15 – “Illustrating History of Medicine” Iain Macintyre
11.30 – “Researching Patient Diaries” Emily Mayhew
11.45 – Wiki-editing Tutorial
12.45 – Lunch
13.45 – Wellcome Digital Resources Showcase
14.00 – “Introduction to Wikiproject Medicine” Nusa Faric & Henry Potts
14.15 – Wiki-editing Session
16.00 – Close (Library & Wellcome Collection exhibits will remain open until 6pm if people would like to explore after the session finishes)

Content to Improve/Create[edit]

Improve some of the existing pages of past Presidents of the Medical Women's Federation, such as:

Create a page for a notable woman medic, such as:


Create and improve pages on other people, places, and topics, such as:

Also head over to Wiki-Commons and help to categorise some of the thousands of Wellcome Library images there so they can be used more easily.
Or check out the Wikiproject Women in Red April topics: there's a long list of women psychiatrists and psychologists who need pages/improvements.


Participating wiki-editors can add their names here..

Useful links[edit]

Here are some useful links to help you with your editing and with keeping track of your edits:

  • All sorts of helpful guides and online resources can be found on the Wellcome Library Wikimedian in Residence Project Page. For instance, there are links to digitised material from the Wellcome Library.
  • You can find out more about the British Society for the History of Medicine on the official BSHM website and on the British Society for the History of Medicine Wikipedia page.
  • You can view all your contributions to Wikipedia by clicking "Contributions" (in the top right of this page).
  • You can add pictures for use on Wiki-pages and beyond on Wikimedia Commons. Your Wikipedia account will work on Commons too - as well as all the other Wiki-projects and different language versions of Wikipedia.
  • If you're interested in joining a community of editors passionate about medicine, take a look at Wikiproject Medicine. You can view useful resources, find links to news articles on wiki+medicine, and view metrics highlighting featured articles and articles in need of improvement.
  • The Pageviews tool is a great way of measuring how many people are looking at the page you created/edited. You can even export the data if you'd like it for reports, etc.