Millions of kids have never been to an art gallery

275x250.jpg Millions of British children have never been to an art gallery, theatre or stage show, it was revealed yesterday.

The ‘culture starved’ generation emerged in a study carried out among 2,000 parents of five to 12-year-olds throughout the UK.

Incredibly, four in 10 children have never seen the inside of an art gallery, while 17 per cent haven’t visited a museum with their parents.

Culture can take many kinds of forms and it’s essential are children are encouraged to get involved with this at any early age.

It was also revealed that a quarter of children haven’t been to the theatre, while six in 10 have never heard or been to a classical music concert and one in 10 kids hasn’t even left their home town.
And half of parents admit they make little effort to educate their children on culture or history, relying on schools to do so.

Instead, a third say they rely on schools to take full responsibility for sight-seeing trips and educational visits to local attractions

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services for Marketing Birmingham, which commissioned the study, said: "Culture can take many kinds of forms and it’s essential are children are encouraged to get involved with this at any early age – whether that be attending a pantomime, visiting something like the Staffordshire Hoard or getting involved in dance.

"There’s no doubt that cultural activity enriches day to day and it’s important that children embrace our history and culture now, to ensure that is it  passed on through the generations.

"A few trips during the year to museums, landmarks or even cultural festivals will prove to be memorable, informative and fun occasions for youngsters."

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