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.
Professor Tanya ByronProfessor Tanya Byron
It's part of our life as a family
My elder sister played piano and recorder. She insisted I joined in and taught me recorder. I sang, according to my parents, before I could talk, and would sing myself to sleep. I remember a group of musicians coming to my primary school in rural Devon. I was mesmerised. When I was about seven, my parents took me to hear the B.S.O. at the Winter Gardens. They played Sibelius and he continues to be a favourite composer. Most of all my parents gave me so many opportunities, drove miles to take me to concerts and were always so supportive. They really encouraged my love of music, and without that encouragement I would not have the life I have now.
Caroline Kay, Chief Executive, Bath Preservation Trust
A great thing about being born and brought up in Oxford was the potential to go to the outdoor Shakespeare put on in College gardens in the summer. Like all undergraduate productions, these ranged from magical to dire, but Shakespeare survived all of them and allowed me a degree of exposure to the words which I would never have acquired through school visits (too infrequent) or theatre (too expensive for my parents at the time). This reinforces the benefit of frequent access – it needn't always be excellent, it just needs to be there and engaged in with commitment.
Malcolm Rigler, NHS GP, Swindon PCT/Trustee the phf
My mother was employed part-time in three homes in our avenue to clean and tidy the homes of some very well-travelled elderly people. As she cleaned and dusted their homes – when I was under five years of age – I enjoyed to look at and touch some wonderfully crafted art pieces – small bronze sculptures, pictures of battles and foreign parts. It was a museum experience week by week which has never left me these past 60 years.