Mainstream accounts of history can get a little bit repetitive after a while…. Don’t just moan about how we only ever hear one side of the story; there’s plenty of ways you can help celebrate the people who, for various reasons, may not have made it onto the pages of history first time round.
Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. They organise and signpost to Wikepedia Edit-a-thons: community organised events that aim to teach people how to edit, update, and add articles on Wikipedia. These events take place year-round online, at museums, coffee shops, colleges, and community centers. Check their website regularly for updates of Wikipedia Hackathons around the world and get involved or spread the word.
The Toolkit for Preserving the History of Women’s Aid in Scotland
Women’s Aid is “a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated”. Through the Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland project they realised “the crucial role of records in preserving [their] history” and have developed a really comprehensive toolkit for helping Women’s Aid groups around the country to record their work; in the hope that future generations may feel supported and continue this great work. It’s a really lovely document and could be applied to so many other grassroots groups with limited time and resources available to them for reporting/measuring.
[more to come, please get in touch if you know of a project you’d like to see featured on this list]
*when it works smallprint. These lists will be regularly updated. If I find a project that I think has a really nice idea behind it, I’ll share it. If I later find out something really icky out about said project, I’ll take it down if I think it’s not worth sharing anymore.