Commons:BBC voice project/Event

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On Saturday, 18 January 2014 the BBC, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Creative Commons UK and the Wikimedia community teamed up to host an open event, "Speakerthon", at New Broadcasting House, London.

Attendees were given access to the Radio 4 permanent audio archive, the tools to take samples of voice recordings and the opportunity to upload them to Wikimedia Commons for inclusion into Wikipedia.

Wikimedians were invited to attend; by registering at

Event details[edit]

The following historic material is kept here for archival purposes.

Bring along a laptop (the web tool we're using may not work on tablets, but there will be things tablet users can do to help) and some headphones . (If you don't have your own laptop Wikimedia UK has some but they need to be booked in advance - email or call the office on 020 7065 0990.)

Food and drink will be provided.

Please direct any queries other than booking laptops to Andy Mabbett, who will be helping to run the event.


Use the entrance seen at the right of this picture, not the one under the statue

New Broadcasting House is at Portland Place, London (at 51°31′06″N 0°08′37″W / 51.518409°N 0.143691°W / 51.518409; -0.143691 - coordinates link to maps). Use the entrance in the new wing, not the 1930s building. The nearest tube stations are

  • Oxford Circus (3 min) Bakerloo, Central, Victoria lines
  • Great Portland Street (6 min) Circle, Hammersmith, Metropolitan lines

We'll be meeting in the Media Cafe, but there will be people at reception to guide you there.

Timetable for the day[edit]

Coffee and signup.
Introductions & How to Snip
First Snipping session
First tour of Broadcasting House (lasts 1hr)
Second tour of Broadcasting House (lasts 1 hr)
Second Snipping session starts
Close down & Review
Yorkshire Grey pub for those who want to stay and chat (46 Langham Street, London, W1W 7AX; 51°31′07″N 0°08′27″W / 51.51870°N 0.14095°W / 51.51870; -0.14095)

Social media[edit]

The hashtag for the day is #Speakerthon; please use it on Twitter and Facebook, and tag any images you upload to Flickr, blog posts, etc., as "Speakerthon". If you do blog about the event, please let us know!


You are welcome to take pictures/ video during the event, including the tour of Broadcasting House. Please note that some areas of the building are signposted "no flash", as this interferes with broadcasts from the news studio.

If you do not wish to have your picture taken/ posted online, please let us know on arrival. Please respect others who request this.