Jonathan Knott

Freelance Journalist

Writing for the Guardian, Telegraph, and others. Email: knottjp [at]



Museums facing huge hikes in business rates
Many museums in the UK are facing business rate hikes in April, with some large institutions set for six-figure increases.
Director of £23m museum project resigns
The director of the trust hoping to build a £22.5m museum and art gallery in Swindon has resigned a year after taking up the post.
Housebuilding rates need 'step change', especially in London, says NAO
"The need for housing in England in recent years has grown faster than its supply," said an NAO's report issued today. This notes that, while projections show there will be...
EU aid to Honduras hindered by management weaknesses and lack of expertise, says ECA
The report also said that the EU delegation in Honduras "lacked the necessary macro-economic and public financial management expertise to manage budget support operations". The...
ACE proposes scrapping Major Partner Museum status
Arts Council England (ACE) yesterday announced new investment proposals that would see Major Partner Museums (MPMs) rolled into its National Portfolio funding programme, which...
Concern as councils transfer museums to trusts
Local authorities are increasingly looking to transfer museums to charitable trusts, amid concern from museum professionals that decisions are being driven by short-term...


One for all: the case for a universal basic income
Could a basic income for all citizens provide security and give people more control - or would it be complex, costly and discourage working?
Pubs: saving the last chance saloon
Should councils and communities raise a glass to their success in protecting the Great British Pub?
Fine specimens
How natural history museums are evolving
What's in store
Jonathan Knott delves into the world of stored collections to find out how museums are using them to engage audiences
Big society urban farming project goes hi-tech
"This is quite new for me - I'm learning as I go along," says Kidd, as he explains the 'aeroponic' method he employs to grow food in an upstairs room at Farm:Shop, a new project...
The behavioural insight hothouse
How the cabinet office's 'Nudge Unit' has grown to influence policy and strategy across government - and beyond.


Andy Warhol trail, Slovakia: Tales of the Unexpected
The museum was finally opened in 1991 by the Slovak Ministry of Culture, and today displays 160 Warhol originals - the only larger collection is at the Andy Warhol Museum in...
Riga, a city revelling in its culture
In central Riga, people are laying flowers beneath the Freedom Monument. It's a green statue of a woman holding three gold stars on top of a 42-metre stone pillar at the end of...
St Kitts and Nevis: Just me, the sea, and the scenery
I couldn't see them, but there were almost 200 people joining me in this venture, now in its 12th year. Kitted out in yellow or green caps, we were swimming between the islands...

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