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28th April, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for a day of learning and practical action to celebrate women of the Garden City movement
Following the 2020 TCPA project ‘The Forgotten Pioneers: Celebrating the Women of the Garden City Movement’, the TCPA is keen to continue its work highlighting and celebrating the forgotten voices of the Garden City movement and promoting diversity in the movement today. One of the challenges to promoting diversity in the movement is the under-representation online of women in the built environment in mainstream and free internet sites like Wikipedia. This is true to the representation of women on Wikipedia more widely, leading to what some have dubbed ‘the Wikipedia gender gap’: 85% of voluntary Wikipedia editors are men and of all the biographies on Wikipedia in English, only 19% are about women.
To help redress the balance the TCPA is holding a Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ on women in the Garden City movement. [In short, an edit-a-thon is an organised event where people come together at a scheduled time to create or edit Wikipedia entries on a specific topic].
We will have Wikipedia editors, TCPA staff and academic Dr Alina Congreve to assist with the running and research during the event. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and highlight the achievements of women in the built environment.
The programme will include a presentation about women in the Garden City movement and New Towns programme, training on how to create/edit content on Wikipedia, and research and editing time. Lunch will be provided.
This event is ideal for planners, architects, urban designers, landscape planners and architects, historians, sociologists, researchers…or anyone with an interest in writing and the built environment. The event is an opportunity to collaborate and play a practical role in recording and celebrating the legacy of women’s involvement in the Garden City Movement and beyond. It will involve some prior preparation and only 20 tickets are available, therefore we ask that you are able to commit to attending, to ensure the best experience and outcome for everyone involved.
There is no charge for attending this event, so book your tickets early as there are limited places!