What was your most memorable cultural experience when you were young and how has it stayed with you?
Below is a sample of your inspiring examples of the power of cultural learning. Please see the menu on the right for more videos and stories.
Ashley Walters, Musician & ActorAshley Walters, Musician & Actor
The whole experience left a big impression
Dr Paul Strickland, TimeMachineFun
I left school with a D in woodwork, told I was thick as a plank, ironically.
7 Years later I got a PhD. I became a senior lecturer and decided their was a need for perivate investment and independant resources, where you people could explore, vai project led learning.
We have just opened the new center www.timemachinefun.com and launched www.reclaimfun.com. Its a long time since I was at school, and if you have read this far will realise I suffer from dyslexia.
The center is unique, in that the exhibits are experiments and we take things apart and 'shake the science out of them', every part had to be designed, engineered and manufactured. We then repair, reuse or recycle.
I hope young people are allowed like me to think outside of the box and able to explore the richness of creativity, its not easy but its fun
John Pout, Headteacher, Rainhill High School – Media Arts College
My cultural learning was somewhat eclectic, but formative and powerful. Growing up on a farm in the Peak District meant access to a metropolitan cultural experience was limited. As a young child being taken to the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet created a sense of awe and excitement that is explicit in live performance. As a youngster the sense of atmosphere and collective experience will never leave me. The power of performance conveying powerful messages has always been addictive. Whether it be seeing Glenda Jackson in ‘Mother Courage’, Ian McKellen in ‘Bent’ or the West End production of ‘Billy Elliott’. As a teenager seeing bands like Specials, Madness and The Jam live communicating energy and passion to a committed audience. I love to see the power of the arts when my students produce their own creative work – whether it's visual or performance based. Powerful arts experiences make you think, trigger emotions and above all unleash creative talents which we all possess.
John Hart, Specialist Schools & Academies Trust
At the age of 17, thanks to the skill of an A-level English teacher and his inspirational teaching of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, I understood the joy of poetry. As a consequence of this I chose to read English Literature at university and have subsequently thoroughly enjoyed my career as a teacher. This experience taught me that a skilled and knowledgeable teacher can have a long-lasting impact on his or her students. A passionate joy of the arts can enthuse others with quite profound and long-lasting consequences.