Jonathan Knott

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

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




Museums Journal
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 such as business rates

Museums Journal
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 cuts, a shrinking workforce and the uncertainty of Brexit

Museums Journal
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 hears about the impact that low pay has on those working in the sector

Museums Journal
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 facing the sector. But life finds a way: by evolving strategies to cope with changing conditions, museums are forming partnerships with other organisations in order to engage the public

Museums Journal
What's in store

Jonathan Knott delves into the world of stored collections to find out how museums are using them to engage audiences

Impact magazine
The behavioural insight hothouse

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


Sunday Telegraph
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 Pittsburgh. The artist has seeped so comprehensively into modern consciousness that it feels slightly unreal to view his actual work.

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.

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.

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