I started on my 19th article with slight trepidation. Catherine Gage is a lesser known Irish botanical and ornithological illustrator. I remember hearing about her when the folio of illustrations of birds went up for auction in 2010, when the idea of the National Museum of Ireland buying them, which did not happen. I’m dedicated to unearthing some of the lesser known figures of Irish natural history, but walking that line of notability can be quite tough. I do wonder if female editors feel that weight of responsibility not to produce articles that will be flagged for deletion more than males, or if it just me. So far she has survived and other editors have added tags, Wikiprojects and other little details so far, which is always reassuring!
The next County Museum was a little harder to crack, Roscommon County Museum. This Museum is still run on a voluntary basis, in part by the local historical society. So nearly everything I could find about it was local tourist sources, which is not fantastic. I’m always grateful to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, as it is a good solid resource for details to do with the buildings. Almost without fail County Museums are housed in historical buildings, especially ones that are not suitable or wanted for residential or office use. For the museums in question, this is an double edge sword, as often without proper funding these buildings are usually completely unsuitable for keeping historical collections safely. I was unable to find any details on the foundation of the museum, like dates, names or committees, which is a little frustrating as it makes the article look a little incomplete to me.
As I mentioned before, writing about these museums have become quite easy, as each one helps makes the next one a little easier. The next few days were quite busy so I went through the rest of the County Museums, Sligo County Museum, Waterford County Museum, and Enniscorthy Castle which was the Wexford County Museum. Saturday 23rd was the first day that I properly struggled to get the article written. Having been at a family party for the entire day, hitting the road before 8am and getting home after midnight, it was tough to sit up and get a half decent article together. The instigator of the #100wikidays, Vassia, said that this is a challenge, so by definition it will be tough. So having spent the day with family, eating and being merry, and bouncing on a bouncy castle, I sat down and write the Waterford County Museum article. I was just delighted it was readable! One thing I have learnt from this challenge, is that you need to be prepared with articles you can write for different energy levels on different days. You can’t expect to write a long biography every day – unless you have the luxury of time to do that! Even then you probably couldn’t do it continuously without an “easier” article in there every so often.
Enniscorthy Castle was interesting, it used to be the Wexford County Museum, so to take that into account I created my first redirect! So I learnt something new on Wikipedia yesterday. I got a new book from my Dad on Irish Museums, which will help with extra detail for upcoming museum articles and identify some possible new articles I haven’t identified yet. Given it was a Sunday, and with a few new books on my disposal, I went back and added a few new details to some of the articles I have written over the past 20 days, as well as others I have overhauled. Although I think I was too tired to be doing it last night as I noticed some serious misspellings a fellow editor picked up on this morning! Not every day should be a full on Wikipedia day – for the sake of the gnomes!