Jonathan Knott

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I write news and features on arts, culture, politics, travel, outdoor swimming and other subjects. Contributing to Museums Journal, the Guardian, BBC Travel, the Sunday Telegraph and others. Email: knottjp [at]


Arts and culture

Museums Journal
Running Late

Capital projects | The pandemic has led to delayed openings and spiralling costs across the UK

Who gets ACE funding? Diversity data reveals surprising trends

Arts organisations led by BME and disabled people were less likely than other organisations to be successful when applying for Arts Council England's (ACE) National Lottery Project Grants last year, figures obtained by ArtsProfessional reveal.

100 arts managers share £10m

The 100 top executives at major arts institutions in England and Wales earn pay packages totalling over £10m a year, AP has discovered.


Public Finance
Saving the last chance saloon

Should councils and communities raise a glass to their success in protecting the Great British Pub?

Impact magazine
The behavioural insight hothouse

How the cabinet office's 'Nudge Unit' has grown to influence policy and strategy across government - and beyond.


BBC Travel
Hamilton's forgotten Caribbean

Nevis is less well-known than other Caribbean islands - and Nevisians prefer it that way. It's only a few miles across the water from lively St Kitts. But here, the most cacophonous noise you'll hear is the chirping of insects among the lush vegetation.

BBC Travel
The Swedish cheese that can't be moved

As I reached the small village of Burträsk in northern Sweden, I saw snow piled by the roadsides like icing and a group of reindeer sitting down for a rest. When I got out of the car to take a photograph, they stood up, crossed the road and disappeared into the woods.

The Guardian
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 a broad, busy street. One woman explains to me that it's the 65th anniversary of the day in 1949 when 42,000 Latvians were deported to Siberia by the Soviet government.

Outdoor swimming

the Guardian
World Winter Swimming Championships: cold, tough - but what a buzz

"Take off your clothes," a foreign voice said over the loudspeaker - slowly, rhythmically, emphasising each syllable. "Get into the water." It was not the kind of voice you disobey. So although I was on the Arctic circle, surrounded by ice and snow on all sides, I got in.

Sunday Telegraph
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 which, though technically one country, proudly maintain distinct identities.

the Guardian
Keeping outdoor swimming afloat

Rowena Hoseason was dismayed when she discovered Cornwall county council planned to axe its subsidy for Bude sea pool. "When the council withdrew funding for the sea pool, people here were horrified," she says.

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