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Jul 21

Pressgang! with the Historical Maritime Society


Would you like to sail with Captain Cook? It wasn't all plain sailing!


On 27-28 April 2018, Teesside University will run (Re)Making Middlesbrough, a student, staff and community edit-a-thon. We'll be looking at how Middlesbrough and surrounding areas, its people, history and culture are represented online, through internet searches and Wikipedia pages.

We'll be looking at what and who is missing from the stories and information that the world sees about our town and community. We'll be asking what needs to be rewritten, how we see ourselves and how the rest of the world sees us.

Central to this are the many misconceptions and prejudices that are often made about our region. We want to change this. We have a lot to be proud of and to celebrate.

Come and get involved - and learn to edit Wikipedia at the same time.

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world and the first point of information for many so surfacing knowledge there can make a huge impact.

You don't need to know anything about Wikipedia to come along and get involved. No prior knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community. We'll support you to write and revise pages on the day.

NB: Please bring a laptop along to the event or email me at if you need to borrow one for the event.

Programme for 27 April - Training event
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Welcome and Wikipedia training

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for lunch

1:00 pm – Second training session - or stay and EDIT!

Programme for 28 April - Editathon
10:00am - 10:30am: Welcome

10:30 am – 12:00 am: Training in Wikipedia editing

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm: EDIT!

Take a look at the event page to see if there are pages you would like to help edit/create.

If you fancy learning more about Wikipedia ahead of time,then you can view the Wiki Basics site.

Teesside University

Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education. Over £135-m investment on campus provides top class facilities for students. Teesside offers a wide range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science.

Officially opened in 1930 as Constantine Technical College by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, to support Middlesbrough’s booming engineering and shipping industries. 

We have almost 30,000 full- and part-time students.Overseas students make up 5.6% of the students studying on campus at Teesside, with a further 1.6% coming from the EU (excluding transnational activity). 43% of students are male, 57% female.Teesside has a community of over 1,400 students from overseas (full-time, including EU).