Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on Liberal History

Wikipedia will be holding an “edit-a-thon” on Liberal History at the National Liberal Club on Wednesday 24th August. All are welcome.

This edit-a-thon is a collaboration between the Club and the Wikimedia Foundation (which runs Wikipedia), to get better, more in-depth coverage of liberal issues and liberal history in the online encyclopaedia, updating and expanding articles.

Wikipedia is the seventh-most-visited website and the world, and is the first port-of-call for many basic background facts, so the National Liberal Club thought it would be helpful to offer its backing to improve coverage of liberal issues. The NLC will be making its library — full of rare material around liberal history — available for the event.

The NLC is particularly proud to be doing this, as it has long been the spiritual home of Liberals and Liberal Democrats. Founded by Gladstone in 1882, the club provides a sumptuous “home from home” for those interested in liberal politics and the liberal arts: you can read more about it here, on the club’s own Wikipedia page.

Most recently, the NLC has introduced a special offer for Lib Dem members, running until the end of September. For a limited time, the club is dropping its Joining Fee for Lib Dem members; a saving of £385.

Sign-up details for the Wikipedia edit-a-thon are here. It’s free to attend, and it runs from 10am to 8pm — you can drop in whenever suits you, and stay for as much or as little time as you can spare! No special expertise is needed, and it’s great to have lots of experts on-site who you can talk to when editing liberal articles.

* Janet Berridge was Chairman of the National Liberal Club from 2016 to 2018. 

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6 Comments

  • Phil Beesley 29th Jul '16 - 1:53pm

    I think this is a lovely exercise. The environment of the NLC will no doubt subdue the passions of historians battling over The Strange Death of Liberal England.

  • Ah, historical revisionism.

    “He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.” – George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four

  • Jayne Mansfield 30th Jul '16 - 9:15am

    @ Al,
    If you are really worried about who controls the present, I think there is more to concern yourself about in the LSE study into the newspaper reportage of Jeremy Corbyn’s views, and the way he has been de-legitimised as a political leader.

    One does not have to be a fan of Jeremy Corbyn or a Labour supporter to be deeply concerned about what is happening in our democracy. Indeed it would be interesting if a similar study was carried out on the way leaders of other parties have their views reported and the accuracy of this reporting.

  • Belinda Brooks-Gordo 30th Jul '16 - 2:55pm

    Janet, this is a great idea. Good luck with it.
    I am looking forward to reading the contribution that Liberal women have played as editathons (if the ones held on Ada Lovelace Day are anything to goby) play a great role in bringing out otherwise hidden histories.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 30th Jul '16 - 6:00pm

    I would like those present , as I am not free to , and would if it were otherwise , to correct the Wiki entries on various liberal or Liberal parties from many countries , that , on the side listings sum up each party with a crass “centre” or “centre left “, and much too many times put “centre right “. This is a very basic and often inaccurate summation. Wikipedia is superb. It can do better therein ! Many liberal parties are , in their ideological stance , a response to hideous dictatorships of the not distant past , and emphasise liberty at all levels . That makes “radical centre ” far more accurate for many a description.

    Liberal International is the Wiki entry to go to , then each click on every member , there at the listing of all parties , please correct those !

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