• 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

Over My Shoulder

This project derives from from a curious connection between two very different and fascinating singers. Elisabeth Schumann, international classical diva, and Jessie Matthews, darling of the 1930s stage and screen, are buried in the same West London churchyard. Each of these women was hugely famous in her day, reaching the very peak of the performing profession, and yet their names are hardly recognised now by younger generations of music-lovers.

KQ Private View 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' 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 look at Harry Potter: A History of Magic; the British Library's blockbuster exhibition during its closing weeks.

Knowledge Quarter Private View: The Lost Words at the Foundling Museum

The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) is delighted to invite staff and friends from KQ organisations to the next in our series of private breakfast views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the Foundling Museum, you will have the opportunity to have an exclusive look at 'The Lost Words' exploring the relationship between language and the living world through an exhibition of poetry and illustration.

Memento – Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra

New technologies are poised to revolutionise computer memory, unlocking huge potential benefits for global society. This special interdisciplinary event explores our relationship with memory, with reflections from experimental physicist Stuart Parkin; and a performance of newly commissioned poetry and music by Frances Leviston and Martin Suckling.

Latest news

Crick Abseil 2018

Cancer Research UK's Crick abseil is back for a second year - bigger and better, spread over two days and aiming to double the incredible £46k raised last year. Sign up today to enjoy a discounted Early Bird offer of £20 as well as receiving a free t-shirt, simply for signing up. Early Bird entries are limited so to guarantee this discounted price and free t-shirt, sign up today before it's too late.

Recovery College seeks new board members

The C&I Recovery College is an educational establishment providing training courses around health & wellbeing. The Recovery College Board took over from the College advisory steering group which was formed prior to the opening of the college in September 2014. This year, three board members have come to the end of their elected term, so they are looking to elect three new members to these positions.

Share your views on Camden's plans for the borough!

Camden Council want to hear from the business community as they refresh their priorities for the next seven years. Let them know what’s important to your business and what you would like Camden to look like in 2025 by filling in their online survey.

C&I Wellbeing is offering a New Year discount for KQ partners on their Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers!

C&I Wellbeing is a local provider of expert mental health awareness training and workshops for organisations, and for the start of a new year would like to offer our Knowledge Quarter partners a discount on our services. C&I Wellbeing comprises psychologists and psychological therapists who also work for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I), the largest provider of mental health services for residents in Camden and Islington. We are now offering our expertise to organisations who wish to support the mental wellbeing of their own staff.

Guest posts

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Sunderland SOS by Rachel Morley

Holy Trinity in Sunderland is collapsing. It is one of just two Grade I early Georgian churches surviving in the northeast of England. It has been on the Heritage at Risk register for several years and has been nominated as one of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ buildings in Europe. This church marks an important development in the history of Sunderland, which by the 1700s, was a vibrant and prosperous portal town. In particular, it was notable for its sea coal trade with France and the Netherlands.

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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