• 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

KQ Walking Tour: Secrets & Stories of Kings Cross

The members of Camden Tour Guides Association welcome their fellow Knowledge Quarter partners for an exclusive breakfast guided walk.

The Moon Adventure Jul 19 - Jul 26

Hands-on physics experiments, arts and crafts activities and many other activities about our closest neighbour in space, can be found at the Institute of Physics this summer as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

A Tale of Two Cities - performed by Dominic Gerrard

Celebrate Bastille Week with a costumed reading of A Tale of Two Cities. Dominic Gerrard returns to the Charles Dickens Museum to perform one of Dickens's most famous and popular novels.

Writing Women: reviving Kana Shodo (‘Woman-Hand’), a forgotten female script

To celebrate National Writing Day, the School of Advanced Study, has invited Kaoru Akagawa, designated Master of Japanese calligraphy, to tell the story of Kana Shodo,

Latest news

Job Listing: Outreach Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

The Royal Veterinary College is seeking to appoint maternity cover for the position of Outreach Development Manager. This post will suit a creative and energetic individual who values social mobility and is interested in facilitating new opportunities for disadvantaged young people to pursue science careers. Salary: £45-58,000. Closes: 8 July.

Job Listing: Vacancy: Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)

GuildHE is looking to appoint maternity cover for the position of Operations Manager, to ensure the smooth running and efficient administration of the organisation. Salary £37,000-£40,000. Closes 27 June 2019.

Job Listing: Events & Admin Officer

GuildHE is looking to hire an Events & Admin officer to run the organisation's programme of events, including its network meetings and annual conference. The candidate will also be responsible for important administrative duties. Salary: £22-25,000. Closes: 27 June.
British Library

Guest Post: Digital Transformations for UK Public Libraries: Five Approaches to a ‘Single Digital Presence’

In 2017 the British Library began exploring the possibility of a 'single digital presence' for public libraries throughout the United Kingdom. In this guest post, Jake Millar describes the five areas of intervention required to make this a reality.

Guest posts

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Guest Post: Ben Hopkins, Bennetts Associates, on Science-Based Sustainability Targets

There are plenty of decent business cases for setting science-based targets and having them officially approved by the Science-Based Targets Intiative (SBTi), argues Ben Hopkins, associate at architectural practice Bennett's Associates. And with Extinction Rebellion making the headlines, schoolchildren protesting in the streets and David Attenborough campaigning on our TV screens, the big risk for any business is being left behind, and, fundamentally, not doing the right thing.

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.

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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