We posted at the start of our time as Wikimedian in Residence with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and now near project's end, time for some reflection. The hard detail is all here. I should certainly mention my appreciation: to Daria and Jonathan at Wikimedia UK in London; to Carolyn, John, Ian, Alan, Anne, Emily and a good number more at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. I have been made very welcome. Naturally people might wish to know what have been highlights. I can safely say one was working with La Bonche. It has been a pleasure to help provide material in "virgin territory" on Wikipedia. Jimmy Forsyth (no relationships) and Foyboats are two varied articles. It has been very pleasing to help get people on board with Wikimedia. 21 new accounts at the last count.
There has been one quite late arrival which has gripped my imagination. Throughout the project it was clear that Warships built at Elswick attract an international response.What I had not expected though was the chance to develop linkages to a painter who had not hitherto featured on Wikipedia. His name is Charles De Lacy. The Wikipedia result is here.
De Lacy attracts because he is one those Victorian/Edwardian artists increasingly being recognised. He is a SUNDERLAND lad, right from the centre of the brief. As things were unpacked we have been able to identify 13 De Lacy pieces hitherto not readily found which are in the Tyne Wear collections. As I write two are now on Wiki Commons and one will be shown.
To make sense of one particular item archives 450/1 I made up a table. It is beautifully bound but random compilation of Armstrong Whitworth launch ephemera from the turn of the 19th/20 centuries.
Index Name Navy and name as in 450/1 Date of Launch Artist Note
673 Torpedo Boat Destroyer 673 1899 May 6th None
674 Torpedo Boat Destroyer 674 1899 June 28th None
ABDUL HAMID Imperial Ottoman Cruiser 1903 Sept 25th None
ACHILLES HMS Achilles 1905 June 17th None
ADVENTURE HMS Adventure 1904 Sept 8th B Woodrow
AFRIDI HMS Afridi 1907 May 8th None I think
ALBANY USN Albany 1899 Jan 14th None
AMETHYST HMS Amethyst 1903 Nov 5th B Woodrow
ASAMA HIJMS Asama 1898 March 22nd J J Jelley
ATTENTIVE HMS Attentive 1904 Nov 22nd B Woodrow
BAHIA Brazilean scout 1909 Jan 20th Charles De Lacy two images
CONSTITUCION Chilean Battleship Constitucion 1903 Jan 12th B Woodrow
D CARLOS 1 Royal Portugese D Carlos 1 1898 May 5th J J Jelley
EIDSVOLD Royal Norwegian Eidsvold 1900 June 14th None
ERTHOGROUL HIM The Sultan of Turkey Yacht Erthogroul 1903 December 30th B Woodrow
HAI CHI HICMS Hai Chi 1898 Jan 24 J J Jelley
HAI TIEN HICMS Hai Tien 1897 Nov 26 None
HAMPSHIRE HMS Hampshire 1903 Sept 24th B Woodrow
HATSUSE HIJMS Hatsuze 1899 June 27th J J Jelley
IDZUMO HIJMS Idzumo 1899 Sept 19th J J Jelley
INVINCIBLE HMS Invincible 1907 April 13th Charles De Lacy 1783 + 1907 two images
IWATE HIJMS Iwate 1900 March 29th J J Jelley
JENERAL BAQUEDANO Chilean Training Ship Jeneral Baquedano 1898 July 5th J J Jelley
JULY THE FOURTH ????? July The Fourth 1898 July 4th J J Jelley
KASHIMA HIJMS Kashima battleship 1905 March 22nd B Woodrow
LANCASTER HMS Lancaster 1902 March 22nd B Woodrow
MINAS GERAES Brazilean Battleship Minas Geraes 1908 September 10th Charles De Lacy two images Discovery of Brazil and Minas Geraes
NORGE Royal Norwegian Norge 1900 March 31st Swainse and J J Jelley
PARANA Argentine gunboat Parana 1908 April 28th Charles De Lacy
ROSARIO Argentine armoured gunboat Rosario 1908 July 28th Charles De Lacy
SEUGHUDLU HIM The Sultan of Turkey State Barge 1903 Sept 25th None
SUPERB HMS Superb 1907 Nov 7 Charles De Lacy three images
TOKIWA HIJMS Tokiwa 1898 July 6th J J Jelley
and there is item 696-7-5 Elswick 1911 and the Chao Ho signed Charles De Lacy .
Loads of questions remain. Flesh to be put on J J Jelley and B Woodrow. If you can help do react.
There is going to be a final wrap up event for Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums staff, volunteers. The official notice says "Wednesday 26 June, 2-3pm, Discovery Archives Education Room: Robert
Forsythe - Looking forward: TWAM and Wikimedia This session brings to a
close Robert's Wikimedian Residency. Robert will share with us his key
findings, talk about the collections research which he has enabled and
suggest next steps for TWAM and Wikimedia."