• Where thinking joins up

    KQ is the new Knowledge Quarter at the heart of London.

  • A world-class knowledge cluster

    From the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creative designs and cutting-edge medical research.

  • A gateway to knowledge

    A space to interact and share ideas in close proximity. There is nowhere else like it.

  • Knowledge is fuel for the brain

    Get everyone connected and the possibilities are endless.

  • Collaboration and knowledge exchange

    A place to establish crucial connections to achieve productive partnerships,
    fruitful networks and creative interaction.

KQ IS THE NEW KNOWLEDGE QUARTER AT THE HEART OF LONDON.

We are the focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world, located in a small area around King’s Cross, the Euston Road and Bloomsbury.

Within a few hundred metres you can find knowledge resources ranging from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creative designs and cutting-edge medical research.

As a gateway to knowledge of every kind, we open doors for visitors, students, researchers and people who live and work in this dynamic part of London.

As a space to interact and share ideas in close proximity there is nowhere else like it.

Individually, our members offer a dazzling array of knowledge resources. Our new partnership brings them all together for the first time.

Knowledge is fuel for the brain. Get everyone connected and the possibilities are endless. KQ is where thinking joins up.

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KQ IS A CONSORTIUM OF PARTNER ORGANISATIONS OF MANY DIFFERENT KINDS BUT WITH ONE THING IN COMMON

WE ARE ALL ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN ADVANCING AND DISSEMINATING KNOWLEDGE

KQ is a consortium of partner organisations of many different kinds but with one thing in common – we are all actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge.

Our partners are a consortium of over 75 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations large and small: from the British Library and University of the Arts London to the School of Life, Connected Digital Economy Catapult and Aga Khan University.

Global brands and small businesses alike are being drawn to an area that is exceptionally rich in knowledge resources.

Among our members are the Francis Crick Institute the leading global centre for medical research, and Google, who are building their new UK headquarters at King’s Cross.

KQ focuses support for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange. We have established crucial connections to achieve productive partnerships, fruitful networks and creative interaction. Knowledge Quarter has developed a recognisable brand which is signposting to our resources and enabling us to speak with a single voice on issues that are relevant to us.

We want to encourage all kinds of knowledge seekers to make the most of our combined resources. To break down barriers and stimulate dialogue, getting the whole of this unique area buzzing with ideas. To stimulate productive dialogue everywhere – from conference rooms and corridors to coffee shops.

KQ is establishing new connections with local people too. We are channeling opportunities for networking and collaboration with the knowledge community.

Together we are putting the area on the map as a world-class centre for the creation of knowledge.

OUR BOARD AND STEERING GROUP

KQ’s founding members are the British Library and University of the Arts London. Our consortium is governed by a board of ten organisations supported by a steering group representing the whole membership. The other board members are the British Museum, Camden Council, Islington Council,  UCL, Wellcome Trust, Regents High School and Google.

OUR VISION

Our vision is a world-class knowledge and business hub for the 21st century.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to encourage openness, innovation, networking and opportunity by making the facilities, collections and expertise of our members understood, available and used as widely as possible for the benefit of researchers, creative people, students and the whole community.

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Increase the area’s profile through advocacy and stakeholder engagement
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange and identify opportunities for openness, collaboration and efficiencies
  • Increase access to resources and collections and create opportunities for local community engagement
  • Identify and support work that improves our local sustainable environment
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Upcoming events

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Knowledge Quarter Private View: Russian Revolution at the British Library

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private breakfast views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the British Library. KQ staff and partner organisations will have the opportunity to have an exclusive last chance look at Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths.
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Knowledge Quarter Private Curator Tour: Gay UK at the British Library

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private tours. KQ staff and partner organisations will have the opportunity to have an exclusive curator tour of Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty.
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Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2017 (Runs from 25 July to 13 August 2017)

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, King’s Cross is a Festival of new and innovative drama and storytelling driven by music and the voice. Do not come if you love opera for its chandeliers and tiaras. This is gritty, hard core, artist-at-work creativity where sparks will fly.
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Family Dance Day 2017

For one day only, The Place is completely taken over by an explosion of dance for children aged 2 to 8 and their families. The Family Dance Day at The Place presents a huge programme of shows, workshops, pop-up performances, music, face paint and lots more fun surprises that will entertain, delight and inspire all.

Latest news

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Camden Business Awards 2017 - Apply now

The Camden Business Awards is returning again this year to celebrate Camden as the best place to do business in London. In line with the Camden Plan, the awards highlight the vital role that businesses play in securing sustainable economic growth in the borough.
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We're recruiting for an Operations and Marketing Intern!

Come work for the Knowledge Quarter. We're recruiting for an Operations and Marketing Intern to support our growing events programme.

Knowledge Quarter Expands with Eight New Partners

The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) welcomes a further eight organisation as partners, bringing the total number of organisations involved in the partnership to 87. The KQ is delighted to welcome EIT Digital, London School of Business and Management, McCaldin Arts, Pan Macmillan, The Reading Agency, Sadler's Wells, Universal Music and Warwick in London.

Support Somers Town Make Chalton Street Great campaign

Support Somers Town 'Make Chalton Street Great' campaign. Chalton St. Market has been part of the fabric of Somers Town for over 100 years but is more than just a market. It is home to an ambitious engaged and diverse community – a community that want their local market to succeed and grow.

Guest posts

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Heritage, Culture, Knowledge (some missing!) and Cutting-Edge Technology by Dr. Jim Walsh

When building Conway Hall in 1929, the bronze bust of Moncure Conway went missing and the building’s entrance niche was left empty for 87 years. In 2016, however, a 3D print bronze-effect bust of Conway was unveiled, courtesy of a year-long project to restore this missing piece of heritage. In June 2017, the story continued with the launching of the publically available 3D print software of the bust thanks to Conway Hall, Dickinson College (Philadelphia, USA) and My Mini Factory’s Scan The World project.

KQ membership is open to organisations within a one-mile radius of King’s Cross that are actively engaged in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.

If your organisation is interested in joining the Knowledge Quarter, please email us for more information and the relevant documentation. Each organisation is asked to sign a Partnership Agreement which forms the basis of a statement of intent and establishes a firm foundation for the project to succeed.

Partners pay an annual membership fee based on the size of their organisation or business: under 10 employees £500; 11‑100 employees £1,000; 101‑500 employees £2,000; 501‑1000 employees £8,000; 1,001‑3,000 employees £10,000; 3,001‑5,000 employees £15,000; 5,001‑10,000 employees £20,000. We also offer special discounts for charities and community associations.

It is all about creative interactions between science and business. You get innovation when great universities, leading-edge science, world-class companies and entrepreneurial start-ups come together. Where they cluster together you get some of the most exciting places on the planet. That is where you find creative ferment which drives a modern dynamic economy.

Royal Society Speech – Nov 2012
GEORGE OSBORNEFormer Chancellor of the Exchequer

This small area is home to one of the biggest concentrations of knowledge organisations in the world. Let’s shout about it. The Knowledge Quarter will put our combined resources on the map.

ROLY KEATINGChief Executive Office, British Library

When the University of the Arts London moved Central Saint Martins to Kings Cross in 2011 we expected that the combination of over 4,500 creative academics and students with friends at our neighbouring scientific, cultural and academic institutions would deliver new collaborations. That is indeed already happening and the launch of the Knowledge Quarter will give real impetus to these initiatives.

NIGEL CARRINGTONVice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London

London leads the way in supporting the UK’s knowledge economy. I am proud that within our great capital city we have leading international organisations that are coming together to find ways that they can support growth and innovation through research. I am delighted to endorse the Knowledge Quarter and will watch with interest how it progresses.

BORIS JOHNSONFormer Mayor of London

People and ideas are the beating heart of this dynamic part of London. The Knowledge Quarter will enable us to build on thriving connections between our world-class institutions, local businesses and communities.

MIKE COOKEChief Executive, Camden Council

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