Karen Knight

Board Member


Karen Knight has worked in the heritage and arts sector for over 30 years. Following a degree in art history and post graduate studies in museology she worked as a social historian recording oral history in Birmingham. Her career moved into the management of regional museums and directing services based on access to collections, staff and buildings. Karen was appointed to the Government Task Force asked to prepare “Renaissance in the Regions”, a report on the future of regional museums throughout the UK. She was a founding member of the working group which initiated the Clore Leadership Programme and still runs “Flotsam”, an informal forum for discussions relating to arts and heritage. As a mentor commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Karen now advises major UK heritage projects on interpretation, access and the management of change. In a voluntary role Karen works with a number of church buildings trusts in East Anglia.  In Greece she supports collections management with the Goulandris Natural History Museum; in Serbia the Creative Mentorship programme and Karagujevic Museum; and in Albania works with CHwB and HWB. She also supports a programme of oral history recording around Butrint, encouraging fresh interpretation of archaeological sites and involving local communities in their heritage.