DERBY’S museums are joining forces with online encyclopedia Wikipedia to improve the quality of information it provides.

The city’s museum’s service is the first regional one in the UK to formally agree to help the company and it coincides with the 10th anniversary of the founding of Wikipedia.

A meeting between Derby Museum and Art Gallery curators and authors for the website will be held in April.

Wikepedia founder Jimmy Wales said: “This is the first British museum outside of London to bring Wikipedians into the museum and sit down at a table with them and share knowledge.”

Derby museums staff will open up usually unseen artefacts and will help explain any interesting objects.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We’ve got the most amazing things in our collections, including many internationally important paintings by world famous artist Joseph Wright and even Erasmus Darwin’s microscope.

“If our staff can share their knowledge with Wikipedia writers, anyone will then be able to find out more about the stories behind the city’s collections.”