Britain Loves Wikipedia

Visitors looking at pillar boxes at Britain Loves Wikipedia

Visitors looking at pillar boxes at Britain Loves Wikipedia

On Saturday we held our Britain Loves Wikipedia event at the British Postal Museum Store. We were very pleased with the number of attendees, who were a mix of Wikipedians, postal history enthusiasts, keen photographers and people who live in the local area.

Our vehicles and post boxes generated the most interest, although the films made by the GPO film unit, which we screened throughout the day, were also popular.

A number of great photographs taken on the day have already been uploaded to the Britain Loves Wikipedia website. If you attended the event but haven’t uploaded your photos yet please do so before 14 March – a trio of DVD box sets celebrating the work of the GPO film unit will go to the person who uploads the best picture.

Films by the GPO film unit are screened at Britain Loves Wikipedia

In the near future the best photos take at the Museum Store as part of this event will be available on Wikimedia Commons and can be used to illustrate articles on the Wikipedia site. There are already some fascinating photographs related to Britain’s postal heritage on Wikimedia Commons, including this wall box in Radford, built in to an elaborate house-type structure, and we’re sure the photos taken at the Museum Store will be great additions to the site. We’ll post a link to them when they’re made public.

Another successful upload to the Britain Loves Wikipedia website

Another successful upload to the Britain Loves Wikipedia website

2 responses to “Britain Loves Wikipedia

  1. Heather Ramsay

    I ought not to be upset at the decadent and insensitive decision to issue stamps depicting pets, nor at the profligate squandering of precious revenue in order to indulge in the sentimental, aberrant, human-driven, nurturing of these poor, degraded creatures. Whether used as comfort toys, exercise apparatus, love objects or status symbols, the idea that an animal can be owned simply to fulfil a perceived human pleasure ought, by now, to be understood to be totally immoral. Abused routinely to suit the wholly concocted notion that they are happy to be brainwashed by having to rely on their owners for food; their huge numbers have a devastating effect on our already beleaguered wildlife. Cats routinely kill millions of young birds and small mammals and amphibians every single year. Dogs disturb the habitats of ground nesting birds, destroying and distressing eggs and young as they go. They harass and upset birds feeding by shores and on open ground, parkland, moors and almost every wild acre of these islands. They, too, harass and destroy small mammals (notably the noble Hare) while their owners look on , seeing it as their deserved pleasure. The faeces of both cats and dogs can disturb myriad habitats and, apart from being disgusting and ruinous to shoes, pose a threat of disease especially to infants. All dogs pose a dangerous threat to the young, they will ALL bite, if the ‘right’ conditions occur.
    So I am upset. Britain’s wildlife needs our protection and celebration…constantly. True animal lovers would not allow a decadent habit to continue to destroy and weaken the rich, natural, beautiful array of indigenous creatures we are so fortunate and privileged to live with. Ownership is the antipathy of love.
    This choice of stamp illustration shows nothing but contempt and disdain for the wonderful, natural world of wildlife.

  2. Heather, thanks for you comments on our blog on the stamps celebrating 150 Years of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home . You’ll be pleased to hear that Royal Mail are releasing a set of stamps celebrating mammals in April, and indeed the topic of wild animals has been covered many times on past stamp issues. Check out the excellent website Collect GB Stamps and you can see many of them.

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