Jonathan Knott

Freelance Journalist

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



HLF planned to axe £9.5m railway museum funding a month before announcement
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) planned to withdraw £9.5m of funding for a railway museum project in Leicester a month before the lead partner was told on 13 December, according...
Brontë Society trustee restricted from entering museum following harassment complaint
A trustee of the Brontë Society has had her access to the organisation's museum restricted after her repeated requests for information about the whereabouts of objects in the...
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


Crisis? What crisis?
The Mendoza Review of the English museum sector has been criticised for downplaying the challenges faced by local authority-funded museums, and glossing over important concerns...
Future looks bright but funding is still a challenge
The Museums Association’s second annual survey reveals rising visitor numbers and a greater focus on often-marginalised groups. But it’s against a backdrop of continued funding...
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...
Adapt or die
Museums with natural history collections have been struggling to deal with the loss of curators with specialist scientific knowledge combined with the wider funding problems...
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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