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Dear friends and colleagues,

Recent government announcements have done little to dent the reopening plans of our cultural organisations who have taken pains over the summer, utilising the KQ network and traffic of experts, to make their premises extra safe and sanitary for your return. At this point in time, we're happy to declare, our partner organisations are more secure against COVID-19 than the White House.

In this newsletter you'll find a cacophony of things with which to occupy your time this October, both in person and in-person online. Many partners are marking Black History Month by exhibiting spectacular online content and hosting thought-provoking events

It's an Octoberfest for the curious, too, with the Bloomsbury Festival making a hybrid return, SOAS's Festival of Ideas challenging how history is taught and The Place's Splayed Festival celebrating the queer in contemporary dance. 


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 Wellcome Collection
 reopens to the public on 7 October; and the Postal Museum will reopen from 29 October. Advanced ticketing and extra health and safety precautions in place.


Researchers at UCL are recruiting up to 3000 people to sing, chant or hum as part of an aerosol droplet test, to establish the risk of transmitting Covid-19 in a place of worship or similar faith setting.


KQ news


Member Mailing Lists

Staff working at KQ partner organisations can join our members' mailing lists to connect with peers and counterparts at other organisations and collaborate on the many the many projects we run, from destination marketing to net-zero carbon.

Sign-up with your organisation's email address 


Kickstart KQ

Knowledge Quarter organisations are working together to create job placements for local 16-24 year olds as part of the government's Kickstart Scheme. Camden Council ran a Q&A session about the programme, which you can now watch on our YouTube channel.

Watch the video explainer

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(photo credit: Being Human Gallery, Steven Pocock)

Being Human

Wellcome Collection

Featuring 50 artworks and objects, Being Human, the Wellcome Collection's soul-searching, mind-exploring, experience-navigating new permanent gallery, is back open! 

From 7 October (advanced book required)


Bloomsbury Festival 2020

Several KQ Partners are taking part in this year's festival, a hybrid of virtual and outdoor events. Find the full programme here

16-25 October

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Unfinished Business

The British Library

The new exhibition at the British Library explores feminist activism in the UK today and its roots in the complex history of women’s rights.

From 23 October (advance booking required)


Bloomsbury Radio

Bloomsbury Institute

Staff and students from the Bloomsbury Institute, local volunteers and residents, will dive into all the festival has to offer; the  music, theatre, talks and arts. Interviews and features from artists, academics and participants.

16-25 October, 15:00-21:00 each day

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Visioning the Future: Conway Hall Hub

Conway Hall

Is a zero-waste lifestyle possible? How might A.I. be used to improve medical imagery? What do our urban futures look like as we challenge inequality? Find the answers at Conway Hall's two-day festival hub.

17-18 October (Online)


Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

Goodenough College

The UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists offer an evening of improvised comedy, taking a wry look at life as a blind person living in the London today.

Saturday 17 October, 18:00-19:30 (Online)


What's On Lockdown


While cultural venues across the Knowledge Quarter begin to reopen to the public, there are still 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 taking place in the Knowledge Quarter.

Find out what's on.


Online performances, events and exhibitions


David Olusoga in Conversation: Black History Matters
Join historian David Olusoga in conversation for his personal perspective on how we memorialise, teach and write about racism, and why black British history matters.
Wednesday 7 October, 19:30-20:30 – British Library

Small Business Resilience Series
Join this limited weekly series designed by Impact Hub King’s Cross, supporting London-based small and medium sized businesses to develop the resilience, agility, and confidence that will help them effectively navigate these uncertain times.
From 8 October, 10:00-12:00 – Impact Hub

Splayed Festival 2020
Witness this eruption of disruptive queer performances and digital arts. Delve into live and pre-recorded performances, films, video essays, discussions, audio works and choreographic provocations to experience online or in the flesh, live or when it suits you.
14-18 October – The Place

The Yoginis: goddesses of Tantra
Join Professor Vidya Dehejia and Bonnie Greer in this event as they examine the divine goddesses of Tantra and the importance of the Yoginis within South Asian philosophy and belief.
Thursday 15 October, 15:00-16:00 – British Museum

SOAS Festival of Ideas: Decolonising Knowledge
A provocative collection of online talks, panel discussions, poetry performances and film which expands upon the work of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, which has driven the agenda to decolonise the university's teaching, learning and research practice.
19-24 October – SOAS

Black, Britain and Beyond
An online symposium, the first of its kind, bringing together cultural leaders, academics, activists, and innovators, to understand, celebrate and interrogate “Black Britishness”. Featuring author Robyn Travis, Colleen Amos OBE, Dawn Butler MP and Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE.
Saturday 24 October, 10:00-15:00 – UCL

Yet Unheard
London Sinfonietta presents an exciting programme of music from established and emerging black composers and instrumentalists.
Wednesday 28 October, 19:00 – London Sinfonietta


At home with great content


Black Monuments Matter

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

A new interactive virtual exhibition from the Aga Khan University sheds fascinating light on the architectural wonders of Sub-Saharan Africa. From the Pyramids of Sudan, the Great Mosque of Timbuktu, to the Swahili cities of East Africa, the diversity of the sites, each presented by scholars in virtual exhibition rooms, reflects the astonishing diversity of Africa's architectural heritage. 3D model simulations, stunning photography, maps and video content make this an endlessly absorbing resource.


If there's a better place to learn How to Write a Postcard than the Postal Museumthen I haven't found it.


Introducing the new British Library Player: all of the British Library's many recorded events  panel discussions, talks, interviews and creative sessions  in one neatly-catalogued online spot.  

Family Fun

With half term around the corner, book your children a place on one of the Foundling Museum's spooky halloween workshops.


Jobs and opportunities

Strategy Support Manager – Alan Turing Institute
Salary: 40k | Closing: 11 October

Head of Finance – House of Illustration
Salary: up to 27k | Closing: 13 October

Health and Wellbeing Manager – Francis Crick Institute
Salary: competitive | Closing: 13 October

Deputy Head of FinanceCamden Council
Salary: up to 60k | Closing: 22 October


Ongoing community support

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 is looking for a space which it can turn into a shelter over the winter. Unoccupied offices be put to good use. Please get in touch if you think you have available space.

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. 

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.

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