Women in medicine wikithon
10am - 3pm
Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Develop your own digital skills and how to edit Wikipedia whilst learning about many inspiring women with us in the wonderful Wellcome library with refreshments and snacks provided to keep you fuelled! 

Hear from the exhibition’s curators and Dr Alice White, Digital Editor at the Wellcome Collection who has made it her mission to educate and change the status quo through writing hundreds of Wikipedia articles on fantastic women (living and deceased) in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). 

We welcome anyone to join us and take part, regardless of subject field, level of study or gender. No prior knowledge is required and training will be provided at the start of the day. All you need to do is register, complete the pre-event instructions below and bring a laptop on the day. Come by yourself or as a group (everyone registered), who are complete beginners to experienced editors – the team will be on hand to help with editing and research.

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited site in the world with 1.5 million biographies in English yet only 17% are about women. With your help, we aim to create and edit new Wikipedia pages to improve and share knowledge about women doctors, surgeons, apothecaries, midwives, nurses and more.

This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine at the RCP Museum

The current exhibition at the RCP museum, on display until 18 January 2019, seeks to open debate and discussion on the complex and ‘vexing’ story of women in medicine: Women apothecaries, herbalists, writers of recipes, midwives - and of course physicians - have worked within a male-dominated world for many centuries.  Their roles have always provoked debate, which continues today.

This exhibition explores the histories of well-known pioneers and uncovers previously hidden medical women.  Featuring RCP President Jane Dacre's newly-commissioned portrait alongside Elizabeth Garrett's qualifying certificate, and 17th century handwritten recipe books next to 20th century oral histories, visitors will be able to find out more about individual women doctors and the attitudes towards them over the 500 years of the RCP’s existence.

Is there a woman in medicine who you would have liked to see featured in our exhibition? Do you have a woman from the past who has inspired you? With so many fascinating people to choose from, inevitably there are many more stories we didn’t get a chance to share in This Vexed Question.


9.45am - Registration, Wellcome Library, 2nd floor

10am - 10.30am: Introduction to Wikipedia editing and topics

10.30 - 2pm: Wikithon workshop, Wellcome Library - refreshments provided throughout 

2.30pm Curator-led tour of RCP Museum's exhibition 'This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine' at the RCP Museum. (10 mins walk from Wellcome)

'This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine' closes on 18 January 2019 - so this is the final exhibition event and guided tour!

Pre-event instructions:

Please register for a Wikipedia account through the following link:
Create account Or, go to the Wikipedia main page and in the top right-hand side there will be the create account link.

Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. 

For more information or questions email: history@rcplondon.ac.uk