History of Mental Health: Beyond the Asylum Editathon

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November 15, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Psychology, Social History / Studies, Public Health
  • Where?: The Viewing Room of the Wellcome Library
  • When?: Tuesday 15th November, 2016
  • Cost: Free
  • How do I sign up?: Express your interest by emailing me

In conjunction with the Bedlam Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, this Beyond the Asylum Editathon will showcase some fascinating current research on the history of psychiatry and mental health, and then give participants the opportunity to make some of that history available to an even wider audience by improving Wikipedia content.

To provide inspiration for the editing to come, we'll begin with a morning of talks from academics working on various aspects of the history of psychiatry and mental health (including a session on some of the content that did not make it into the exhibition). After a break for lunch (provided free for those who have signed up), we'll dive into some wiki-training, which will cover everything from creating an account to how to edit and engage with other Wikipedians. You will then have the opportunity to develop articles on the history of psychiatry: there are lots of pages on institutions, groups and individuals (particularly women) that are missing or very brief, so there’s lots of scope for making some exciting improvements!

Full training will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary. And if you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help!

There are also still a couple of spots if you'd like to discuss your own work during the morning's talks - email for more information if you are interested.

Contact Info: 

Alice White
Wikimedian in Residence, Wellcome Library
Email: a.white@wellcome.ac.uk

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