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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy New Year. Here's hoping 2021 is kinder to all of us.

Kinder to our cultural organisations who have had to close their doors once again in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. You can view just a sample of their incredible virtual activity below.

Kinder to our local charities who are on the frontlines shielding the elderly and stocking the food banks. Turn to the bottom of this newsletter to find out how to support them.

Kinder to parents, carers and children, who have every right to think it an unpropitious start to the new year. We hope our activity magazine, KQ Playground, will bring some additional joy and relief into these homes. Published in the summer, the digital edition is now available to share and download, and features creative games and educational content from 12 Knowledge Quarter partners.

Kinder to everyone's health and morale. A last minute boost to which can be found this afternoon (3pm to be precise) in the form of our first virtual Private View of 2021. It's not too late to join us and the British Museum today for an exclusive tour of their latest exhibition, Arctic: culture and climate

We hope to wave an emoji at you this afternoon and beyond into the new year, where we will have plenty to share with you.

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.


Knowledge Quarter partners are temporarily closed to the public following the Government’s tier 5 announcement on the 4 January 2021.


A new risk-stratification tool which can accurately predict the likelihood of deterioration in adults hospitalised with COVID-19 has been developed by UCL researchers.


KQ Virtual Events


KQ Virtual Private View: Arctic – culture and climate with the British Museum

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 15:00-16:00

Join the Knowledge Quarter and the British Museum exhibition team for our first private view of the new year, an exclusive virtual tour of Arctic: culture and climate.

Home to rich cultures for nearly 30,000 years, the Arctic is far from the inhospitable hinterland it's often imagined to be. From 28,000-year-old mammoth ivory jewellery to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this blockbuster exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history.

Sign up via eventbrite to receive a link to Zoom.

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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 and events

The Place: Participation
A term of online dance classes for beginners to intermediate, children to over 60s. Lessons cover the spectrum of dance, from contemporary to ballet to improvisation, and are designed to be performed at home.
From Saturday 9 January 2021 – The Place

Mais Lecture: The Challenges of the post-covid economy post-Brexit UK economy
Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, will be the first woman to deliver City, University of London's prestigious annual lecture, held for the first time online.
Wednesday 13 January, 18:00 – City, University of London

Being Jack Straw
Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will reflect on his years in the role from 2001 to 2006 under Tony Blair. Straw will be in conversation over Zoom with Sir David Manning, former British Ambassador to the United States at the time of the invasion of Iraq.
Thursday 14 January, 18:00 – UCL

Why China Should Democratize (and sooner rather than later)​
In this online talk, Professor Joseph Wong (Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto) argues that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) must democratize sooner rather than later, to usher in democratic reform in China, and for the sake of its own survival. He will also discuss, however, why this is an unlikely path the ruling regime in China will take.
Monday 18 January, 18:00-19:00 – SOAS

RCP Unseen: Digital Launch
The online opening of a new exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians, RCP Unseen, displaying never before seen curiosities in the RCP's archives and exploring hidden stories from the history of medicine.
Wednesday 20 January, 18:00-19:00 – Royal College of Physicians

André Aciman and Brian Dillon
Born into Alexandria’s Sephardic Jewish community and now resident in New York, André Aciman is best known for his novels, in particular Call Me by Your Name. Aciman will be in conversation with writer and critic Brian Dillon to discuss Aciman's collection of essays Homo Irrealis.
Thursday 21 January, 19:00 – London Review of Books

Holocaust Memorial Day - Light from Darkness
Join the Jewish Museum online for its annual Holocaust Memorial Day Event exploring the theme of Light from Darkness. Survivors and Holocaust Education Speakers Joan Salter and Ruth Barnett will share their testimonies and reflect on the importance of Holocaust Education today.
Thursday 21 January, 20:00-21:00 – Jewish Museum London

Supporting Ourselves While Supporting Our Communities
A conversation between climate activist Daze Aghaji and writer and podcaster Natasha Lipman as they reflect on their recent experiences of balancing personal wellbeing with supporting their communities.
Friday 22 January, 13:00-14:00 – Wellcome Collection


At home with great content


KQ Playground

Enjoy this downloadable magazine of fun educational content, games and creative activities from 12 Knowledge Quarter partners. Designed for all families having to entertain young children at home while the schools are closed. Don't forget to share how you get along with it on social media. #KQPlayground


A new series of podcasts from the Alan Turing Institute applies data science to a number of interesting problems.  


I enjoyed this virtual vacation through the medieval world with the British Library. Patmos has a lot to recommend it.


The Wellcome Collection and historian Jessica Borge ensure our minds are thoroughly lubricated in this recorded talk on the history of the London Rubber Company, the original maker of Durex condoms.

Learn at home

Muslims in the UK – Online Short Course
Based on scholarship and previous experience of holding courses for police, health workers, teachers and politicians, Professors Jonas Otterbeck and Philip Wood at the Aga Khan University lead this short course addressing the history and diversity of Muslims in the UK.
12 January - 2 February – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


Jobs and opportunities

Operations Support and Logistics ManagerBritish Museum
Salary: £34.7k | Closing: 15 January

Information and Data ManagerSenate House
Salary: 36.4k | Closing: 17 January

Copyright ManagerBritish Library
Salary: 39k | Closing: 20 January

Media Relations ManagerUCL
Salary: up to 34k | Closing: 20 January


Winter Appeals

Age UK Camden has launched their new winter campaign, Warm Heart Camden

C4WS Homeless Project has an open donation page to raise money for its winter shelter.

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

Global Generation's Story Garden has launched its first crowdfunder campaign. Support this vital community space.

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