• 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.

To read our 2016 Annual Review please follow this link.

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 and Scene & Heard: A special performance of Writeback

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite Knowledge Quarter partners, staff and friends to a special drinks reception and performance of Writeback by Scene & Heard. Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals. Writeback is Scene & Heard's latest performance.
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Let’s go to #Hack4Climate London

Most people agree that the ‘blockchain/DLT’ (Digital Ledger Technology) is one of the emerging technologies with the highest potential of worldwide system change. At the same time, most people agree that Climate Change is the defining challenge of our time. Now the question: what happens if you tackle this urgent problem with such a promising technology?
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Start-up Day

Join the British Library for a day of free workshops, talks and events to give you the know-how to turn your great idea into a business. Make your business idea a reality. Hear from experienced entrepreneurs and learn how to stand out from the online crowd, raise finance for your business and much more. You’ll have the chance to meet like-minded people and talk to seasoned business experts and entrepreneurs.
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Exhibition: Creative Unions (16 Sep - 21 Oct)

Sharing the work of this year’s graduating Central Saint Martins students, Creative Unions celebrates the power of designers to challenge isolationism. From a board game to solve conflict to a sustainable solution for the housing crisis and fashion that’s part-propaganda, Creative Unions demonstrates how the next generation of designers are responding to current contexts with urgency and ingenuity.

Latest news

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Call for Expression of Interest: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London, United Kingdom (“the Institute”) is currently inviting expressions of interest to support applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Institute’s current research areas include: The Construction of Knowledge about Muslim Cultures and Societies, Understanding the Processes of Social Change in Muslim Cultures and Societies, Governance for the Public Interest in Muslim Contexts and Digital Humanities - KITAB; is the Institute’s first digital humanities project.
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Volunteer opportunity on Birkbeck's ethics committee

Birkbeck, University of London are looking to recruit a volunteer to act as a lay member on their ethics committee. The role of the College Ethics Committee is to consider the ethical ramifications of certain college activities (primarily research projects), to oversee the activities of the five School Ethics Committees and to promote a culture of research integrity and good ethical practice in academic research.

Victorian Blogging – The Pamphleteers Who Dared to Dream of a Better World

Knowledge Quarter partner Conway Hall is pleased to announce that it has received £88,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Victorian Blogging – The Pamphleteers Who Dared to Dream of a Better World. The project will digitise and open online access to over 1300 19th century pamphlets, many of which are extremely rare.
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Arts Catalyst - Instagram Artist-In-Residence opportunity

Knowledge Quarter partner Arts Catalyst is pleased to announce a new digital residency initiative for an Instagram artist-in-residence, the first of what is hoped will become a recurring programme of digital take-overs. From the 10th to the 30th of October 2017 there are looking for a contemporary artist interested in exploring the interrelationships between art, science and technology, to takeover the Arts Catalyst Instagram account.

Guest posts

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The king of King’s Cross by Dr Philip Carter

The past decade has seen the rise of a vast property development in the King’s Cross district of central London. As its residential zone nears completion, Dr Philip Carter considers the life of Henry Croft – founder of the Pearly Kings, and a late-Victorian resident of King’s Cross – who features in the development’s marketing campaign.

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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