• 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.

Read our 2017 Annual Review

Read our 2018 Essays Series

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 made up of over 90 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations, large and small: from the British Library, Google and the Wellcome Trust to Arts Catalyst, Scriberia and the Wiener Library.

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 Universal Music, whose UK headquarters are found in King’s Cross.

KQ focuses support for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange. We have fostered connections to achieve productive partnerships, fruitful networks and creative collaborations. Knowledge Quarter has developed a recognisable brand, 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

Knowledge Quarter Private Tour: SHATTERED: Pogrom, November 1938

The events of 9-10 November 1938, commonly called Kristallnacht, are the focus of The Wiener Library’s new temporary exhibition. Eighty years on, this exhibition explores exactly how the brutal events unfolded.

Knowledge Quarter Private View: I am Ashurbanipal at the British Museum

Warrior. Scholar. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian. Take a closer look at the great Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

We Need to Talk About Rough Sleeping

The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre cordially invite you an event to tackle rough sleeping in the borough. Taking place at the Somers Town Living Centre the event will feature the launch of a series of initiatives as well as an exhibition of art.

Materials Protecting People from IOM3

Materials Protecting People is the third seminar in the hugely popular series of events from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, looking at how materials can protect people in society.  High quality presentations from leading experts will address the important role of materials in developing solutions to some of the many challenges facing society in the fields of Healthcare, Air Quality and Protection & Security.

Latest news

Job Listing: Exhibitions and Tours Manager - Aga Khan Centre

The Aga Khan Centre is looking to appoint an Exhibitions and Tours Manager. The post holder will shape and implement the strategy for exhibitions in the ground floor gallery as well as producing exhibits in a variety of spaces throughout the Aga Khan Centre and nearby Victoria Hall. Salary: £45,000 p.a. Applications close on Monday 10 December.
TAP London Contactless Giving

Introducing TAP London

Introducing TAP London a non-profit organisation working in partnership with Mayor of London to set up contactless giving to tackle homelessness across London. The charity is looking for window space and counter-top hosts across London. There is no cost to the host organisations, and they can cancel their involvement at any time.
Arup Report into UK innovation districts

UK Innovation Districts and Knowledge Quarters – Driving More Productive Growth

The consulting and engineering firm Arup has released a report outlining the importance of innovation districts to the UK economy. The firm has been working with the UK Innovation Districts Group (IDG), a body established in October 2017, which represents six major innovation districts across the UK. The report makes the case for increased government funding into UK innovation districts. Read the report in full here.

The Knowledge Quarters Second Diversity Roundtable

On the 25th October 2018 Knowledge Quarter partners once again convened to discuss the topic of ‘staff diversity’ and share current practice in this area.

Guest posts

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Guest Post: The future of work will soon be the present

The Alan Turing Institute have invited staff and researchers to examine the future of work and AI, a topic fuelling discussions and debates everywhere. Follow the debate here in a series of guest posts from ATI fellows, and with #futuresofwork.

Publications

Essays 2018

A fascinating set of essays written by KQ partners, commissioned to celebrate the three year anniversary of Knowledge Quarter.

Annual Review 2017

Knowledge Quarter Annual Review 2017.

Connections & Trust within the Knowledge Quarter

Research conducted to gain a better understanding of the networks that have begun to emerge, and how they contribute to new personal connections and relationships of trust.

Report Of The Public Realm Charrette: Phoenix Road And Randell’s Road

This report summarises the charrettes that took place on 20th/21st September 2016 at the Digital Catapult in the Euston Road where the two streets, Phoenix Road and Randell’s Road were discussed in detail.

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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