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The new Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in King's Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury, was launched by the Chancellor, George Osborne today at the British Library in London.
The aim of the Knowledge Quarter is to make the outstanding facilities, collections and expertise of its members understood, available and used as widely as possible for the benefit of researchers, creative people, students and the local community.
The Chancellor also announced that a new research organisation, the Alan Turing Institute, would be set up next year at the British Library to lead on big data research.
LUPC was one of the first organisations in the Bloomsbury area to join the Knowledge Quarter. The wider membership includes several LUPC Members, such as the British Museum, Wellcome Trust, SOAS and the University of the Arts London, as well as others including Digital Catapult, The Guardian and the Aga Khan University. Members will work together to share their information, ideas, research and innovation.
Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library and Chair of the Knowledge Quarter said on the launch: “The area around King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations is a gateway to the most valuable commodity of the 21st century – knowledge. Just as the great Victorian railway engineers built a revolutionary transport hub for people and goods in this part of London, so the Knowledge Quarter will establish an interchange for creative ideas, research and innovation: a centre for the knowledge economy in the 21st century.”
Together, members of the Knowledge Quarter employ over 30,000 people, turn over more than £2bn, work with 3,500 volunteers, and serve more than 8m visitors annually.
The Knowledge Quarter is governed by a Board of nine organisations: the British Library, Art Fund, the British Museum, Camden Council, Guardian News and Media, The Royal College of GPs, the Wellcome Trust, UCL and the University of the Arts. The other partner organisations make up a Steering Group that manages the Knowledge Quarter’s activities, chaired by LUPC Director Andy Davies.