• 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 new five-year strategy ‘KQ2025’ here.

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 100 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 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), Camden Council, Islington Council,  UCL, National Centre of Universities and Business (NCUB), Regents High School and Google.

OUR VISION

Transforming lives through knowledge and innovation.

OUR MISSION

We work together to unlock our diverse neighbourhoods’ unique resources of knowledge and innovation, for the benefit of all.

OUR VALUES

  • Collaborative – We work together to leverage the collective genius of our members.
  • Ambitious – We are naturally dynamic and experimental.
  • Innovative – We cultivate ideas that explore new ways to create new opportunities.
  • Trust – We nurture trust and friendship at the heart of all our relationships.

OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

  • Advocacy – The Knowledge Quarter will increase the area’s profile through advocacy and stakeholder engagement, both nationally and internationally.
  • Knowledge exchange – The Knowledge Quarter will facilitate knowledge exchange and identify opportunities for openness, collaboration and networking between its members.
  • People – The Knowledge Quarter will work with its members to increase public access to their knowledge, resources and collections, creating opportunities for exchange with local citizens.
  • Place – The Knowledge Quarter will work with its members to identify and support work that improves our local environment, creating a great place for people to live, work and visit.

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Upcoming events

KQ Virtual Private View: The Great Train Robbery

Join the Knowledge Quarter for our series of Virtual Private Views, showcasing the cultural offering of our square mile in the digital realm. The Great Train Robbery is the Postal Museum's latest exhibition and this Virtual Private View will include a talk with the exhibition's curators.

KQ Virtual Private View: Black Monuments Matter

Join the Knowledge Quarter for our series of Virtual Private Views, showcasing the cultural offering of our square mile in the digital realm. Black Monuments Matter is the Aga Khan University's latest exhibition and this Virtual Private View will include a talk with the exhibition's curators.

KQ Network Event: Preparing for a second outbreak with local hospitals

The Knowledge Quarter's Supply Chain network will hear from two major hospitals in our geography, UCLH and St Pancras, about their experiences from the spring and their logistical preparations for another outbreak in coronavirus cases. 

The Second Pandemic: Misinformation and Perception

Join the Knowledge Quarter for this unique event in collaboration with UCL Pharmacy and the World Health Organization addressing the perception of truth in a time of crisis.

Latest news

Job Listing: Digital Manager and Digital Editor Roles at Crafts Council

Crafts Council is seeking a Digital Manager to oversee the development of their website and digital platforms, and a Freelance Digital Editor to produce content for their annual international fair 'Collect'.

KQ Special Interest Group: Wellbeing

Our Wellbeing SIG meetings give professionals working across the Knowledge Quarter the chance to keep up-to-date with the latest research, as well as sharing tips and experience around the wellbeing of staff, visitors, student etc.

Job Listing: Head of Policy at Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is seeking a Head of Policy to lead the design and delivery of a high-profile programme of policy work and engagement that will underpin key parts of the IOP's five-year strategy. Salary: up to £70k. Closing: 28 October 2020

Knowledge Quarter COVID-19 resources

A selection of the latest developments and resources relating to COVID-19 from Knowledge Quarter partners, including information on business support and the latest scientific and humanities research in the area. Updated weekly. Updated w/c 12 October.

Publications

The Knowledge Quarter’s Start-up Ecosystem

In 2019, with support from UCL, the Knowledge Quarter undertook a survey of the start-up ecosystem around King’s Cross.

Knowledge Quarter Local Audience Insight

The Knowledge Quarter has published its findings from our survey of over 550 local audience members into visiting cultural venues within the KQ.

Healthy Ageing: A snapshot of research and innovation in the Knowledge Quarter

This report describes the contributions of London’s Knowledge Quarter to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge of the UK Government Industrial Strategy (2017).

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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