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What is MonmouthpediA? (with French sub-titles)
How to create a Wikipedia Town, The Story of MonmouthpediA. Click to download .pdf
Monmouth, the World's First Wikipedia Town.
The ceramic QRpedia plaque for the River Wye on the Wye Bridge Monmouthpedia is the first Wikipedia project to embrace a whole town—specifically, the Welsh town of Monmouth ( ; MON-məth Welsh: Trefynwy). The project aims to cover every single notable place, person, artefact, plant, animal and other things in Monmouth in as many languages as possible, but with a special focus on Welsh. This is a different scale of wiki-project. The project is jointly funded by Monmouthshire County Council and Wikimedia UK, Monmouthshire County Council intend to install free town wide Wi-Fi for the project.
Bringing a whole town to life on Wikipedia is something new and is a testament to the forward-thinking people of Monmouth, all of the volunteers and the Wikimedia UK team. I’m looking forward to seeing other towns and cities doing the same thing. - Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.
QRpedia codes, a type of bar code a smartphone can read through its camera (using one of the many free QR readers available) that takes you to a Wikipedia article in your language. QR codes are extremely useful, as physical signs have no way of displaying the same amount of information and in a potentially huge number of languages.
Articles have coordinates (
geotags) to allow a virtual tour of the town using Wikipedia's mobile apps (or the Wikipedia layer on Google Streetview) and are available in augmented reality software including Layar. Monmouthpedia may not use standard black and white QR codes, in order to differentiate between MonmouthpediA codes and other schemes and individual's codes.
There are different kinds of QR code—plaques and labels—all put up with the permission of the council and building owner:
Larger ceramic or metal plaques for places exposed to the elements for articles specific to Monmouth.
Smaller plastic, ceramic or metal plaques for labelling objects non specific to Monmouth, e.g. for use in the Flora and Fauna guide.
Labels for use inside buildings, e.g. for objects in museums.
Glass stickers in the windows of shops to give information on their professions
In addition there will be information posters, signs, notice boards and leaflets to help people contribute and stay informed.
The amount, detail and quality of the information that the community could create is staggering. The
Council for British Archaeology has designated Monmouth as the seventh best town for archaeology in Britain. Knowledge gives us context, it allows us to appreciate our surroundings more: Monmouth may well be the first place in the world to offer its tourist information in over 250 languages.
We have over 1,000 QRpedia codes in Monmouth, including the museums. If you think you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceramic plaque with QRpedia code for Shire Hall, the blue plaques are for the Heritage Trail sites
We are very keen for local people to be involved however they wish. Computer skills are not important, it’s the interest and the willingness to be involved, there is a wealth of opportunities for community involvement:
Suggest and write content
Donate photographs, both new and old
Recommend good reference materials
Translate articles into other languages
here to learn more
A Monmouthpedia plaque in Tangier
Librarians in Monmouth Library with some of the books they have added QRpedia codes linking to the authors.
The Wikimedia UK annual report
WMUK board and volunteers at The Kymin, Monmouth
Monmouth cap display at Monmouth Museum with QRpedia code
Plaque for Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls held by Cathy who makes the cream plaques
MonmouthpediA banners around Monmouth
Patricia Lynesmith, curator of Monmouth Regimental Museum talks about being involved in MonmouthpediA
We have had a lot of media coverage the project has been reported on in over
250 newspapers in 30 countries, including this very odd video.
Achievements [ edit ]
over 550 new articles (in 29 languages)
145 improved existing articles over
1000 new images ≈
400,000 more page views per year of articles relating to Monmouth 58 Articles on the English Wikipedia main page in Did You Know? (We also appeared on other DYKs)
Danish Did You Know?
, and the adjoining Church of St Thomas the Martyr Monnow Bridge, were both damaged by fire in the Battle of Monmouth in 1233? 27th December
Captain Walker of told his crew to wash "the stain off your characters in the blood of your foes"? HMS Monmouth 14th January the oldest working theatre in Wales is said to be the
in Savoy Theatre Monmouth? 18th January a gravestone in
in St Mary's Priory Church Monmouth says "Here lies John Renie" in 46,000 different ways? 20th January the
Monmouthshire Show was started after and the John Rolls Duke of Beaufort contributed £30 in 1857 to fund it? 20th January a parishioner at the
said she would buy an organ if the minister ever filled the church? Methodist Church in Monmouth 22nd January
Monmouth had one of the highest proportions of Catholics in Wales 20 years before was built in 1793? St Mary's Roman Catholic Church 23rd January
Monmouth Museum opened in the Market Hall (pictured) six years after a fire partly destroyed the building? 26th January three
Chartists held at Monmouth County Gaol (pictured) were sentenced at the Shire Hall to be hanged, drawn and quartered in 1840? 28th January when the 150-year-old
newspaper moved into Monmouthshire Beacon Cornwall House (pictured), the new office was opened by Princess Margaret? 30th January
bequeathed money to the William Jones Company of Haberdashers to found Monmouth School and provide almhouses for people "as blind and lame as it shall seem best to them"? 30th January the actress
Helen Barry, who starred in London and New York, married an ex- Mayor of Monmouth? 6th February
according to Shakespeare, Henry V, who was born in Monmouth, approved of Welshmen wearing leeks in their ? Monmouth caps St David's Day, 1st March although
in St Peter's Church Monmouthshire is a Welsh church, in 1920 its congregation decided to join the Church of England? St David's Day, 1st March
Charles Rolls and early members of the Royal Aero Club used to go ballooning in Monmouth? St David's Day, 1st March a former chapel at
is now used as a genealogy centre? Monmouth Cemetery St David's Day, 1st March despite being in
Herefordshire, hosted meetings of the Wyastone Leys Monmouthshire Hunt.
dormice benefit from charcoal burning at , near Croes Robert Wood Monmouth? a fire destroyed the house at
, Hilston Park Monmouthshire in 1838 and a Palladian mansion was built to replace it?
(town hall pictured) was created because of a monopoly on trade? Monmouth Town Council the
in Cwm , a college on the Llanrothal Monmouthshire– Herefordshire border, was a "stronghold" of Roman Catholics like in the 17th century? Henry Milbourne during the
Popish Plot, on Sunday 17 November 1678, captured Father John Arnold of Monmouthshire David Lewis at , St Michael's Church Llantarnam, and he was later executed? 4th April there were so many pubs in
Monmouth's market place that they said "A gin court here, a gin court there, No wonder they call it " Agincourt Square (sign pictured)? 4th April
George V gave the cradle (pictured) that was said to be that of Henry of Monmouth (later Henry V who was at Agincourt) to the London Museum?
, the mother of Lady Llangattock Charles Rolls, commemorated the centenary of Nelson's death at The Kymin?
King Arthur's Cave is in The Doward (pictured)?
Baderon of Monmouth took back from Hadnock Monmouth Priory and gave three forges in exchange?
include one that commemorates 16 admirals and Britain's victories in the war memorials in Monmouth French Revolutionary Wars?
Osbaston 's hydropower station (pictured) can produce 670 MWh of electricity each year and allows salmon to travel upstream? ... that new
are to be provided by the charity established nearly four hundred years ago to build the original dwellings? Monmouth Alms Houses 19th May ... that a year after excavation of Neolithic and Roman artefacts at
, archaeologists discovered evidence of 33 Whitecross Street Middle Stone Age human settlement in Monmouth? ... that
is included on the 1610 map of Whitecross Street Monmouth (pictured) drawn by cartographer John Speed? ... that the
in Masonic Hall Monmouth, Wales, located on , houses the oldest surviving Monk Street masonic lodge in Monmouthshire? ... that although women could not be members of an
antiquarian society in Bristol, presented numerous papers to historians, including one about the tower on Mary Ellen Bagnall-Oakeley Monnow Bridge (pictured)? ... that new
are to be provided by the charity established nearly four hundred years ago to build the original dwellings? Monmouth Alms Houses ... that the discovery of
Mesolithic microliths during gas main excavation in 2010 revealed that Monmouth was inhabited during the ? Middle Stone Age ... that
has led to Monmouthpedia Monmouth being described as the "world's first Wikipedia town"? (maybe)... that the Church of the Holy Cross at
, Kilgwrrwg Monmouthshire, is one of the most remote parish churches in the UK still in regular use? ... that
Sting supports ? Bees for Development ... that
, the MP for William Addams Williams Monmouthshire, ensured that newspapers were notified when they incorrectly listed his votes? ... that, aside from
Monnow Bridge Gatehouse, the only standing portion that remains of is attached to a Monmouth Town Walls and Defences pub? ... that the
Monmouth Methodist Church in Monmouth, Wales, was set back behind the houses along by law? St James Street ... that the
displays a variety of objects, including a mediaeval "crock pot" and a baby gas mask Monmouth Regimental Museum (pictured)? ... that the
in Crown and Thistle Inn Agincourt Square (pictured), Monmouth, was home to one of the earliest Masonic Lodges in Monmouthshire? ... that the species observed in
near Lower Hael Wood Monmouth include ducks, skylarks, sparrowhawks and long-tailed tits? ... that
George Vaughan Maddox, architect of Kingsley House and Hendre House (pictured), was a native of Monmouth? ... that the collection of the
Nelson Museum, in Monmouth, Wales, was first housed in a gymnasium (exterior pictured) built by Lady Llangattock? ... that a
sherd of medieval pottery was unearthed in 1956 at in St James House Monmouth? ... that the stable block of
, in Newton Court Monmouth, hosts one of only three known breeding sites of the Greater Horseshoe Bat in Wales? ... that the very rare
ghost orchid was once found in , near Fiddler's Elbow National Nature Reserve Monmouth, Wales? ... that the cider house at
in Great Manson Farm Monmouth, Wales, has a rare, stone and wood cider mill? ... that boys from a
Monmouth, Wales, prep school housed in won the British under-11 chess championship in 2003? The Grange ... that it is widely believed in
Monmouth, Wales, that the late John "Mad Jack" Roocroft took his chain saw to the in Indian Bean Tree St James Square? ... that
in St John's Monmouth, Wales, has been described as "one of Monmouth's best-kept secrets"? ... that
, near Pentwyn Farm Grasslands Monmouth, hosts one of the largest populations of the green-winged orchid in Gwent? ... that on
13 March 2012, reported that 17 police stations in BBC News South East Wales would close to the public, including the ? Monmouth Police Station ... that the
, an old Druid's Head Inn public house in Monmouth, Wales, now serves as the headquarters of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club? ... that Congregational Church stood derelict for forty years before its conversion into the award-winning Glendower Street Glendower House?
Charles Rolls Challenge [ edit ]
Charles Rolls Challenge was held to reward contributors, we had an amazing response, many people wrote 10, 20 even 50 articles, the top contributors are listed below.
Charles Rolls Challenge, 8 Best Images
Geoffrey of Monmouth Challenge [ edit ]
Geoffrey of Monmouth Challenge was held to reward contributors, we had an amazing response, many people wrote 10, 20 even 50 articles, the top contributors are listed below.
Geoffrey of Monmouth Challenge, 8 Best Images
Monmouth Ladies Cricket Team in the 1950's.
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers colours,
Monmouth Regimental Museum
Tintern Village c. 1914 showing pool and Royal George by W.A. Call,
Andrew Helme, Monmouth Museum
Bees for Development QRpedia code plaque
Adrian Riley for Monmouthshire County Council
View of the Wye and Monmouth Rowing Club taken from Wye Bridge, in winter, mid 1980s. colour effect is due to image being last one on the roll of film.
The Kymin, Monmouth,
Robin Owain in the "Monmouthpedia Control Centre" during Monmouthpedia Day
Dramatisation of the trial of the Chartists at Shire Hall, Monmouth, including background information (7 parts)
There are over 1000 new images that have been donated to
Wikimedia Commons since the project started, a gallery of all the new images related to Monmouth can be found here
Monmouth Floods, Wonastow Road 1929, this image has been released into the public domain
Anyone is free to to copy, distribute and transmit most images, video and audio on Wikipedia including the
for commercial and non commercial purposes provided the author of the work is credited, (click on an image for full resolution and for author and license information). Monmouthpedia images page
Click here for photos of Monmouth on Wikimedia Commons (use to search for specific images)
full press coverage on achievements and news page
QRpedia codes in Monmouth, This Month in GLAM, 1st February
Wikipedia puts Monmouth on frontier of a new kind of local history, Guardian, 26 January
Wikipedia project to cover life in Monmouth, BBC News, 30 December
Monmouth becomes the world’s first Wikipedia town monmouthshire.gov.uk, 2 January
Is Monmouthpedia The Future Of Wikipedia?, TechDirt, 5 January
Monmouth chosen for new Wikipedia venture, Monmouthshire Beacon, 29 Dec
Wikipedia vai criar a Monmouthpedia, Sol (Portuguese) 30 December Wikipedia analizará la vida en un pueblo británico, Baquía (Spanish) 30 December
press contacts: john.cummings monmouthpedia.org and info wikimedia.org.uk
Signing of the memorandum of understanding between Wikimedia UK and Monmouthshire County Council
Dilly Boase creating exhibition of images donated to Wikimedia Commons tagged Monmouth
Roisin Curran, the Wikipedian in Residence at
Harry Mitchell (left), teaching people how to edit Wikipedia
Many other volunteers came to
Monmouth on MonmouthpediA day, 19th of May 2012
Please add yourself to this list if you contribute to an article, sign it using four tildes ~~~~ or click the Signature and Timestamp icon on the edit bar
John Cummings, facilitator
Mrjohncummings ( talk) 01:06, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Rob Campbell, Monmouth Old Salt ( talk) 18:38, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
( Philbly talk) 16:25, 3 December 2011 (UTC)Phil Bly, Monmouth
( Iopensa talk) 21:22, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
Guy Hamilton - Ghmyrtle ( talk) 09:32, 5 December 2011 (UTC) . In Chepstow, relatively experienced WP editor on local and other articles, happy to help out.
( Honorine Jobert talk) 16:57, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
( welsh talk) 08:33, 1 January 2012 (UTC) Particularly wider Monmouthshire and railways
Roger Bamkin - Wikimedia UK ( Victuallers talk) 16:14, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
( The Cavalry Message me) 02:53, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Owain ( 19:26, 6 January 2012 (UTC) — Newport, Monmouthshire talk)
( Martinevans123 talk) 23:18, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
( KJP1 talk) 00:50 14 January 2012 - general architecture/history stuff
21:43, 17 January 2012 (UTC) Happy to help where I can: coordinates, templates, metadata/ microformats, QRpedia ( Andy Mabbett Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits
( Anthony Cope talk) - Monmouth 22:00, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
( Zangar talk) 17:03, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
User:ACP2011 Anne ( talk) 13:18, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Sam Downie, online comms (communications and social media / web assistant) Sam Downie ( talk) 14:27, 21 April 2012 (UTC)
( Charles Matthews talk) 18:10, 8 May 2012 (UTC) Llywelyn2000 from Wicipedia Cymraeg
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