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Dear friends and colleagues,

Summer holidays are upon us, and whether you are braving the Costa del Sol, the Costa del Kent or the local Costa coffee for a break from the screen, several KQ partners would welcome you into their buildings to browse their latest exhibitions in person. Read on to discover how to spend your break and support their efforts. 

We love the outdoors as much as your garden-variety squirrel, but we've been equally pleased with our virtual offering, and the way you've stuck with us as we've grappled with new media and inconstant technology. Our earliest attempts are beginning to appear online via our YouTube channel. Watch or relive our intimate private view of the House of Illustration's Tom of Finland exhibition, and then, as the millennials say, hit the subscribe button.

This month, a Jewish-interest bumper edition of the newsletter brings us two very special private views. First, in partnership with the Jewish Museum, we'll learn more about the vital work of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s young ambassadors. Then, the following week, we'll be treated to a preview of Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word, the British Library's historic new exhibition, which for now remains closed to the public.

We look forward to waving an emoji at many of you soon.

With best wishes,

Knowledge Quarter Team


News around the KQ


Visit our KQ COVID-19 page for the latest developments and resources relating to COVID-19 from Knowledge Quarter partners, including information on local business support and the latest scientific and humanities research in the area. We will try to update it weekly.
(Edit: the page is a blur of information at present, but we're planning to bring some order to it this month!)


Still time to for you to help our cultural venues by completing this short survey, which asks for your honest views on visiting exhibitions, events and gallery spaces as they begin to reopen to the public.

Reopening Watch: visit our COVID-19 page for a full list of partners who have announced a reopening date. But scroll down the page for some exhibition you can walk into right now.


Braving a holiday abroad this summer? The British Medical Association has produced a very helpful guidance poster to help you travel safely. You can download it and take it on holiday with you. 

An advisory group, including a strong cohort of UCL academics, has published the report 'Preparing for a challenging winter 2020/21', which sets out what to expect from the coronavirus in the UK this winter and what to do about it.


KQ Events

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KQ Private View: Your Legacy and Me with the Jewish Museum London

The Holocaust Educational Trust’s young ambassadors present Your Legacy and Me, a creative project exploring the legacy of the Holocaust. Following a visit to Auschwitz, the young ambassadors joined the Jewish Museum for a two-day workshop, by the end of which they had produced a series of artworks which reflects the organisation's responsibility to ensure the Holocaust is remembered for generations to come. We'll learn about the project and hear more about this incredible organisation.

Thursday 13 August 15:00-16:00

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KQ Virtual Private View: Hebrew Manuscripts with the British Library

Join us and the lead curator of a new exhibition due to open at the British Library exploring the history, culture and traditions of Jewish people from all corners of the world. Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word showcases rarely-seen treasures from the Library's archive, dating from as far back as the 10th century, and spanning science, religion, law, music, philosophy, magic, alchemy and Kabbalah.

Wednesday 19 August 15:00-16:00

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Virtual Community Champions

COVID-19 may have disrupted plans for an in-person Community Champions series in 2020, but it is vitally important that our membership stays connected to our local communities.

At the event, we will hear directly from five community partners about their experiences on the ground during the crisis; about their expectations for the immediate future; and the ways in which Knowledge Quarter partners can support their efforts.

We warmly invite attendees from charities and community organisations based in Islington and Camden. Please share your experiences during our audience discussion and let our Partners know about fundraising and other ways they could support your work.  

Wednesday 16 September 15:30-17:00

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Open sesame!


Technicolour Dickens: The Living Image of Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Museum

Marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death, this exhibition explores the power of the writer’s image, from contemporary renderings to new digital technologies and re-imaginings.

Until April 2021 (advance booking required)


Jewish Lithuanian partisans’ group ‘The Avengers’ on their return to Vilna at the time of the liberation of the city by the Red Army, July 1944. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections

Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust

Wiener Holocaust Library

During the Holocaust, Jewish partisan groups and underground resistance networks launched attacks, sabotage operations and rescue missions. This new exhibition draws upon the Library’s unique archival collections to tell the story of these Jewish men and women who resisted the Nazis and their collaborators.

6 August - 30 November  (advance booking required)


What's On Lockdown


Cultural venues across the Knowledge Quarter have temporarily shut their doors to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

However, there are myriad ways for you to enjoy their collections online and stay connected with national and local treasures. Visit our Virtual What's On site for a selection of the digital resources, streamed performances and webinars that are still happening in the Knowledge Quarter.

Find out what's on.


Online performances, events and exhibitions

Plants and Potions Children's Workshop
In this family friendly interactive workshop, discover how herbs were used as medicines in the past and present, go on a virtual plant hunt, learn how to make an authentic 18th century remedy and make your own herbarium to preserve plants and flowers.
Wednesday 12 August 11:00-12:00 – Royal College of Physicians

Resilience in Entrepreneurs
A discussion for entrepreneurs about wellbeing and resilience, failure and pivoting in times of crisis.
Wednesday 12 August 17:30-19:30 – Impact Hub

CYBER RATS, despite it all...
Third-year graduation works, despite it all. The students at the London Contemporary Dance School have completed their studies in the midst of a pandemic and international protests against racism and structural injustice. An impressive virtual showcase of work.
17 July - 17 August – The Place

Conversations on Pakistan’s Response to Crisis
Aga Khan University presents a series of thought-provoking conversations on Pakistan’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis from a range of socio-economic perspectives.
Wednesday 19 August 12:00-13:00 – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Turing Lecture: AI for innovative social work
Professor Patton explores the intersection of race, AI, empathy and social media, and shares how qualitative and computational data collection methods can be used to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media, and how and why violence, grief, and identity are expressed on social media.
Thursday 20 August 15:00-16:30 – Alan Turing Institute

A Day in the Life of Testing for Coronavirus
In this livestream discussion, Aaron Ferron, Laboratory Research Scientist at the Francis Crick Institute, describes how his work has changed since lockdown to help out with the coronavirus testing pipeline.
Thursday 27 August 10:30-11:15 – Francis Crick Institute

Camden Summer Programme
A dizzying array of activities for young people and families over the school holidays will be running across the borough, from sports to arts and poetry.
Until 28 August – Camden Council

Barging Through Islington: 200 years of the Regent's Canal
Once providing an essential transport link for industry, the Regent's Canal is now a place of leisure and enjoyment. Barging Through Islington highlights the key developments on and around the canal over its two-century history.
Until 26 September – Islington Museum

Every Wednesday at 19:00 Kings Place release a free full-length show via the KPlayer portal.
Wednesdays 19:00 – Kings Place


At home with great content


A fun and warm new podcast series from the Wellcome Collection, in which comedian Mark Thomas interviews medical professionals to gain some much-needed perspective on the pandemic, having spent all lockdown in a small flat with his elderly mum.


In this edition of Bach, the Universe and Everything the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performing live to an empty hall at Kings Place, explore the science of laughter with the help of Neuroscientist Dr Sophie Scott from University College London.

Family Fun

Post Covid-19: The Postal Museum wants your letters, envelopes, greetings cards and packaging from Lockdown. Donations of items will be added to the museum’s collection, and will contribute to the story of life in lockdown through items sent and received in the post since March.


The Anna Freud Centre has published excellent resources for primary and secondary school children to help them create their own mental health self-care plan over the summer holidays.



Jobs and opportunities

Communications ManagerImpact Hub
Salary: up to £27k | Closing: 10 August

HR AdviserAga Khan University
Salary: up to £34k | Closing: 14 August

Public Engagement Manager (Exhibitions)Francis Crick Institute
Salary: £46.5k | Closes: 16 August



Ongoing community support

As rates of infection begin to pick up throughout the developing world, the Aga Khan Foundation has launched a Global Pandemic Relief Fund across its network.

Age UK Camden has lost approximately £40,000 a month in usual revenue streams, but hopes to make up some of the shortfall with a new summer appeal.

C4WS Homeless Project has an Amazon wish list of essential items that you can order and send to St Pancras Church House, 1 Lancing Street, NW1 1NA.

To prevent vulnerable students from missing out on an education, Camden Council is encouraging people and businesses to donate spare technology equipment. You can donate any surplus tech here.

Donate to Camden Giving's COVID-19 Charity Fund, to be dispersed among numerous Camden charities.

Support Conway Hall's #SaveOurVenues campaign. The home of humanism, radical and ethical thinking, depends on revenues from use of its auditorium, which remains shut at this time. 

Impact Hub needs mentors to support a cohort of BAME entrepreneurs. Founders, entrepreneurs and consultants with experience in starting and growing a business, are encouraged to apply. Minimum of 2 hours of your time per month from October 2020 - March 2021.

Support Kings Place. the north London home of inspiring arts and discussion is funded by ticket revenues. Donate to keep this vibrant venue alive.

New Horizon Youth Centre is having to work remotely with its young people. Donate to the Centre to support its vital work.

Donate to the Pioneering Fund from The Place and support new commissions, groundbreaking projects, innovation and creativity across the organisation.

In partnership with the Somers Town Community AssociationLife After Hummus is providing critical support to Somers Town residents through food donations and assistance with Universal Credit applications. Donate or volunteer.

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