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Dear friends and colleagues,

In August we published not one but three reports:

The first report, in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College, reviews the wealth of research and innovation taking place in the KQ that is contributing to older people leading healthier, longer lives. You can read our healthy ageing report here

We also published the findings of our local audience survey, and our review of the start-up ecosystem. You'll find more on both of these reports below. 

We were not alone in seeing the results of some very hard work.

Last month, A-level and GCSE students up and down the country experienced the gamut of emotions, as they broke the seal on their futures, in what was the culmination of an extraordinary period in their young lives. Special congratulations are reserved for the students at Knowledge Quarter partner Regent High School. You can read about some of their exceptional A-level and GCSE results online.

Here's what Gary Moore, Headteacher of Regent High School, had to say: ‘Given the unprecedented context in which these grades have been awarded, I would like to extend my congratulations to the students and compliment them on how well they have navigated the last several months. They have shown great resilience and tenacity, and I hope that as they successfully progress on to university courses, apprenticeships and careers, they draw on the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their two years of advanced study."

We wish them all the best of luck in their futures, too. 

In September, we hear from some of Camden and Islington's resilient charities and community organisations at our virtual Community Champions. After a challenging few months for services and the local people who rely on them, we hope you'll join us on the call to find out how you can pitch in with their ongoing efforts.

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.


Reopening Watch: The British Museum and the British Library were among the latest parter organisations to open to the public in August.


Only 10% of people plan to return to living exactly as they had done prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest results from UCL's ongoing COVID-19 social study.


Consultation: Oriel

Have your say on the designs for a new centre for eye care and research to be built on the site of St Pancras Hospital. Oriel is a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity. Your feedback will ensure the centre is modern, fit for purpose and accessible for patients, carers, students and researchers. Eyesore or not? Have your say.


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Research into Local Audiences

Over 500 of you filled in our local audience survey with your honest views on returning to the KQ's cultural venues. Your responses have given our partners plenty to mull over in their future reopening plans. While 80% of respondents had engaged with digital content during lockdown, only 14% of respondents were willing to return to cultural venues as soon as they reopened.

Read the results of the survey



Start-up Ecosystem Research Report

You can now read our research report into the start-up infrastructure in the Knowledge Quarter area. It comprises four sections: a literature review of research into start-up ecosystems, interviews with workspace managers, an audit of available provision for start-ups in the area and case studies of other start-up ecosystems.

Read the report


KQ events


Virtual Community Champions

We warmly invite attendees from charities and community organisations based in Islington and Camden to join us for this online event. Share your experiences of your community work during lockdown and let staff working at our partner organisations know about fundraising, volunteering and other ways they could support your work.

Before our audience discussion, 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.

Please share this invitation with relevant contacts and networks.

Wednesday 16 September 15:30-17:00

Sign up via eventbrite to receive a link to Zoom.

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Open KQ


The Opera Festival 2020

Tête à Tête

Combining live theatre performances and online interactive broadcasts and content, Tête à Tête's pop-up opera festival makes an improbable return with over 50 events. The company has worked hard to bring artists and audiences safely back together again, while also providing artists and creators with a digital platform to showcase their work. Support this glorious celebration of opera, artistic creation and live performance. 

From 8 September, The Cockpit Theatre and online.


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Hebrew Manuscripts:Journeys of the Written Word

The British Library

A globe-trotting feast of rarely-seen treasures, this exhibition, finally open for public visits, will transport audiences on a journey beyond the Bible to discover the history, culture and traditions of Jewish people from all corners of the world through the ages.

From 1 September (advance booking required)


London Podcast Festival

Kings Place

The London Podcast Festival is back for a very special fifth anniversary event. Taking place live at Kings Place, the festival will see some of the biggest and brightest names on the podcasting scene perform in front of a socially-distanced audience. All events will also live streamed to a global audience.

21-27 September (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

Expanding live experiences: The digital future of theatre
The coronavirus pandemic forced theatres and performance venues to close their doors, but are digital and virtual performances the future? What are we actually talking about when we talk about digital theatre? Part of Present from the Finnish Institute, a series of online discussions focusing on the future of cultural events programming.
9 September 17:00-19:30 – Finnish Institute in London

Art School in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the landscape of learning in art schools, but what are the crucial and often-overlooked contexts from an anti-colonial, disability justice perspective? And why do they matter for everyone engaged with an art school today? Artists Annabel Crowley and Khairani Barokka contextualise teaching and learning in the current crisis, and inquire into the conversations we all should be having.
10 September 14:00-15:30 – Central Saint Martins

Changing Our Planet, Changing Our Minds
An empowering online discussion for young people on food, fashion and the future. Topics will include pay-what-you-can cafés, racial bias in AI technology, and what ‘sustainable’ fashion really means.
10 September 18:30-20:00 – Wellcome Collection

Lessons from Lockdown: Learning from the Pandemic
The Peltz Gallery has launched its first online exhibition addressing critical concerns brought to the forefront during the global pandemic: decolonizing culture, imaging the pandemic and lockdown experiences in the global South. Three artworks have been created specially for the exhibition; with artists asked to respond to the current global situation.
14 September 18:00-19:00 – Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck

Who We Are In VR
Music and science meet once more in another installment of Bach, the Universe and Everything, performed live at Kings Place on YouTube. Dr Sylvia Pan, Assistant Professor of Virtual Reality at Goldsmith discusses the immersive power of VR and explains how our brains process virtual worlds, and the OAE perform Bach's BWV 138; often described as one of his most experimental and modern cantatas
20 September 11:30 – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Open House 2020
Both Senate House and the Royal College of Physicians will offer exclusive virtual tours through their iconic buildings as part of this year's online Open House festival.
19-20 September – Senate House & RCP

AI UK: Smart Cities
From smart cities to the use of deep learning to make sense of mobility data, the Alan Turing Institute invites you to join this online lecture which puts the spotlight on four fascinating pieces of research around the future of urban analytics.
28 September – Alan Turing Institute


At home with great content


Family Zone

Francis Crick Institute

Explore the Crick's fantastic new online hub, the Family Zone, for science-based arts, craft and cooking activities, as well as experiments you can do at home with the kids and inspiring video conversations with the Crick's scientists.


In this long read, philosopher Dr David Leslie of the Alan Turing Institute takes a second look at society's reaction to algorhthmic innovation in light of the recent A-level and GCSE results debacle. 

Family Fun

The latest creative activities from The Foundling Museum's impressive range of online content includes letter writing ideas and heart-token biscuit making. Video guides makes it easy for you to follow at home, while each activity only needs a few materials.


The University of London sustainability team, in collaboration with London School of Economics, has launched Resilient Futures, a magazine about climate change issues and action, which is free to view online. 


Jobs and opportunities

Finance and Operations DirectorJewish Museum London
Salary: up to 55k | Closing: 6 September

Research Engagement Relationship ManagerWellcome
Salary: £50k | Closing: 6 September

Chair of the Board of TrusteesCockpit Arts
Closing: 7 September

Business and IP Information SpecialistBritish Library
Salary: £32k | Closing: 13 September

Supporter Engagement and Events ManagerBirkbeck University
Salary: £38k | Closing: 18 September

Director of Strategic Communications and MarketingUniversity of London
Salary: competitive | Closing: 21 September

Head of CommunicationsUCL
Salary: up to 47k | Closing: 28 September


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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