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MARCH 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

One year ago this month, we left our places of work, worship, education and recreation unsure of when we might safely return to them. It is difficult now to imagine just how strange and frightening those first few weeks really were, as we accepted an awkward computer-screen substitute for the things we loved doing and the things we didn't realise were so important to us. Everyone will carry their collection of haunting images; deserted roads, empty buses, closed shop fronts, neighbours at their windows.

Age UK Camden sprang immediately to action in response to a surge in demand for their services. Our Virtual Private View later this month will explore the work of photographer Julian Claxton, whose beautiful images document the charity's heroic efforts to support elderly residents faced with isolation, anxiety and food shortages. Almost one year on, Always Walking Alongside is a fitting testimony to this moment in time.

Visualising narratives not only helps us to recall the stories we lived through, but the process may offer wider perspectives and an increased understanding of ourselves. Later this week, in a very special private view with the Director of University of London's Warburg Institute, we will explore the legendary Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, left unfinished by the German cultural historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929). Developed over the course of more than two years, the picture atlas was a series of cloth-covered wooden panels covered with pictures of artworks from the Middle East, European antiquity and the Renaissance. Warburg's forensic arranging of canonized images allowed him to see across time and place, discover patterns and connections between disciplines, and visualise an evolving and tortuous cultural lineage. It's a unique work of intellectual history, which we are fortunate enough to view thanks to the virtual rendering of two historic exhibitions from Berlin.  

The virtual events continue apace while we remain indoors, and below you will find a healthy selection from KQ Partners.

We look forward to waving an emoji at 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.


Art Fund is inviting senior professionals in the museums and galleries sector to complete their latest COVID-19 survey. Responses will help the organisation pinpoint the appropriate financial, marketing and professional support.


Camden Council will test all secondary school and college students on site with Lateral Flow Devices, as they return to the classroom from 8 March, along with several other preventative measures.


KQ events


KQ Virtual Private View: Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

Warburg Institute, University of London

Thursday 4 March 2021, 15:00-16:00

Professor Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute, University of London, and archivist Claudia Wedepohl present an exclusive virtual tour of the German cultural historian Abby Warburg's staggering unfinished project, the Mnemosyne picture atlas.

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KQ Virtual Private View: Always Walking Alongside

Age UK Camden

Thursday 25 March, 14:00-15:00

Join our private view of Age UK Camden's recent photo-exhibition which vividly documents how the charity responded to the pandemic, the surge in demand for its services, as well as telling the stories of the people who needed these services most. Through the lens of photographer Julian Claxton, this is an intimate testimony to the resilience of the community and the charity.

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What's On Lockdown


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.




23-24 March

The Alan Turing Institute hosts a two-day online showcase of the very best of the UK's research and development in the fields of artificial intelligence, featuring panels and presentations from expert academics, policy makers, and industry leaders.

See the full programme


Online performances and events

Jewish Book Week
The 69th festival is the most accessible and far-reaching yet. Featuring Oscar-winners, internationally acclaimed writers, British comedy icons and France’s most-famous female rabbi, the festival is entirely online, streaming to wherever you are in the world.
Events throughout March – Kings Place

Europe and the Future of Innovation
How can Europe further science and innovation? What are the ingredients of future innovation? What is this new wave of innovation about? What are our particular strengths and weaknesses? Former European Commissioner Carlos Moedas addresses these questions on the role of innovation in Europe's future.
Wednesday 3 March, 18:00-19:15 – UCL

SoA @ Home: Afternoon Tea with Alan Titchmarsh
Grab a virtual cuppa with broadcaster, gardener and writer Alan Titchmarsh and find out about his life, work and creative routine – in conversation with novelist Margaret Skea.
Thursday 4 March, 14:30-15:15 – Society of Authors

Racing against the Virus, with Professor Sarah Gilbert
To mark international women’s day, this year’s Humanists UK Rosalind Franklin Lecturer Professor Sarah Gilbert (Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine), will chart the incredible work undertaken to bring about a life-saving vaccine in the space of less than a year.
Friday 5 March, 19:00-20:30 – Humanists UK

Covid-19: Addressing vaccination inequality in an interconnected world
Director of SOAS Professor Adam Habib chairs an important debate on the availability of vaccines to the global south, featuring Dr. Peter Singer (Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organisation), Dr. Segenet Kelemu (Director General and CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology) and Martin Wolf CBE (Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times).
Tuesday 9 March, 17:00-18:30 – SOAS

People Like Us
Judith Johnson’s, powerful, fast-moving, humorous and timely contemporary drama tells the story of Tyler and Gemma. Both are 16, but apart from detention seem to have little in common. Until Tyler finds out Gemma is a young carer, just like him… commissioned to coincide with Young Carers Awareness action day.
Tuesday 16 March – Theatre of Debate

Endell Street: The women who ran Britain’s trailblazing military hospital
Explore the startling story of the pioneering women who ran Endell Street, a trailblazing military hospital during the First World War, with journalist and author Wendy Moore.
Thursday 18 March, 18:00-19:00 – Royal College of Physicians

The Pandemic, the NHS and Me
As part of Jewish Book Week, Kings Place will be broadcasting a discussion between two bestselling authors who experienced Coronavirus first hand, as patient and doctor. Poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen, who spent much of last year suffering from the virus, will be in conversation with palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke who cares deeply about standing up for her patients and the NHS
Wednesday 24 March, 19:00 – Kings Place

Thinking On Sunday: Britain and Borders – A Story of Migration, Race and Law
Debunking media myths that vilify migrants, In her book Border Nation Leah Cowan dives into the murky waters of corporate profiteering over borders from companies like G4S, and the exploitation of migrants through the shady rhetoric of modern slavery. She looks at what it is really like to be a migrant in the UK, and how detention and deportation damages mental and physical health.
Sunday 28 March, 15:00-16:30 – Conway Hall

Poet in the City Presents: Virgil’s Aeneid
Virgil’s legendary Aeneid is an epic Latin masterpiece that tells the tale of Aeneas who flees from Troy, and forges his way across the Mediterranean in search of sanctuary. In this event, Poet in the City will be considering the lessons of Virgil’s Aeneid in the context of contemporary refugee issues.
Monday 29 March, 19:30-21:00 – Poet in the City

Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts: How to deliver a programme where the risks are high
This online conference brings together donors, ministries and civil society organisations to discuss key challenges and lessons learned in implementing the Steps Towards Afghan Girls Education Success (STAGES) programme in Afghanistan as well as girl’s education programmes in other fragile contexts.
Wednesday 31 March, 9:30-18:45 – Aga Khan Foundation UK


At home with great content



Feast on this anthology of monologues written by some of the UK's best playwrights, specially commissioned by the Theatre of Debate and the National Institute of Health Research. Each monologue tells the story of the COVID-19 vaccine trials from the perspective of people from marginalised communities. Authentic and absorbing writing, brilliantly acted and impecabbly presented online.


In this interesting podcast, IOM3 reflects on the obstacles and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in STEM, looking at the past, present and future.


Watch, and watch again in awe, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's take on Coldplay's time-rewinding video for 'The Scientist', set to a reimagined version of Purcell's 'When I am laid in Earth' from Dido and Aeneas.


Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland celebrated its 30th birthday with a comic book publication highlighting social innovations that promote equality.


Jobs and opportunities

Development Producer  – Theatre of Debate
Salary: Day rate of £250 | Closing: 5 March

Head of Publications – University of London
Salary: £45k | Closing: 8 March

Grants Operations Project Manager  – Art Fund
Salary: £35K | Closing: 10 March

Project Archivist – Wiener Holocaust Library
Salary: £26.5k | Closing: 18 March

LBIC Chief Executive Officer – Royal Veterinary College
Salary: on enquiry | Closing: 4 April

LBIC Head of Business Development Royal Veterinary College
Salary: Up to £66k | Closing: 4 April



Winter Appeals

Support Age UK Camden's 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.

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