The Knowledge Quarter was cited in the London Assembly Regeneration Committee’s report ‘Creative tensions: Optimising the benefits of culture through regeneration’, which makes a number of recommendations to the Mayor to protect London’s cultural and creative offer. The report can be downloaded from the London Assembly’s website here.
The Assembly highlighted the transformation of the King’s Cross area and the development of the Knowledge Quarter which has made the area as a destination for “tourists and visitors in its own right” whilst highlighting the need to support and connect with local communities.
The Knowledge Quarter submitted evidence to the Assembly’s consultation, highlighting the significant cultural cluster within the Knowledge Quarter. At least 25 of the 79 organisations involved in the Knowledge Quarter are cultural institutes or are significantly involved in cultural activities. Partners host between them 21 museums and galleries and 34 libraries and archives.
This includes large cultural anchors such as the British Museum, the British Library, the Wellcome Collection and Kings Place. It also includes smaller cultural organisations such as Poet in the City and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Supporting regeneration in the local area is one of the principle reasons the Knowledge Quarter was created. Two of the key aims of the Knowledge Quarter are:
- Community Engagement: Increasing access to resources and collections and creating opportunities for local community engagement.
- Public Realm Environment and Sustainability: Identifying and supporting work that improves the local sustainable environment.
We look forward to working with the Mayor and the London Assembly in supporting the capital’s priorities for culture and the creative industries.