Submissions/Welcome to Grub Street

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 7003
Title of the submission

Welcome to Grub Street

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Fabian Tompsett

E-mail address




Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Henry Welby, the Grub Street Hermit

Beneath the brutalist architecture of the Barbican centre lies one of the most intriguing areas of London. Hundreds of years ago this was the site of Grub Street, home for many of London's writers, both notable and not so notable. Questions of intellectual property rights, and what it meant to be paid to write frequently arose amongst this community. Even the term "Hack" arose from the name of nearby Hackney. This will be an opportunity to stretch your legs and wander in the vicinity of the conference centre and reflect on some of the issues which affected this community just as they affect the Wikimedia Community of today.

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes

Probably about 45 minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

We may see if we can find a slide in Fortune Park

Special requests

This will involve wandering around in the vicinity of the Barbican

See also

Interested attendees

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