Children and Culture

BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, Children in Galleries, 16th February

A survey just out reveals that millions of children have never visited an art gallery, a theatre or a stage show. The research, which was commissioned by Visit Birmingham, covered 5-12 year olds, and suggests that four out of ten children have never seen the inside of an art gallery and 17 percent have never visited a museum with their parents. 

Is it a good idea to introduce your children to art and culture, or are gallery and museum visits with younger children a waste of time if they’re just not interested? And if you are keen to make sure your child knows their Monet from their Michelangelo – what’s the best way to go about it? Jenni Murray discusses with Jeanette Winterson and Rosie Millard.

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