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.
Museums seek clarification on new data protection laws
Issues include exceptions for research and archiving, and limiting fines for public bodies
Blackpool plans new museum venue
Venue in 5-star hotel complex could cost £10.4m
National museums could become public corporations, says report
Model would give institutions more operational freedom
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...


Paying a heavy price for a career in the museum sector
As the Museums Association unveils its new salary guidelines, following research revealing that jobs in museums pay up to 12% less than those in other industries, Jonathan Knott...
Are museums wising up to benefits of digital age?
Study into the use of technology in the cultural sector reveals that organisations are getting smarter about how they do digital, but barriers such as a lack of funding mean...
Pubs: saving the last chance saloon
Should councils and communities raise a glass to their success in protecting the Great British Pub?
Joined-up thinking
Jonathan Knott finds out how museums are developing membership schemes designed to engage with people more deeply
What's in store
Jonathan Knott delves into the world of stored collections to find out how museums are using them to engage audiences
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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