Cultural Learning Alliance

When you live with degradation depleting your resources, the magical artistic experience becomes a source of hope; a vision beyond the despair, an indication of how bad could be transformed into better

Camila Batmangelidjh
Founder and Director, Kids Company



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.

David Cameron, Prime Minister

David Cameron, Prime Minister
“It´s something that stays with you forever”
Anne Marchant

My love of the visual arts. Aged 4 1/2 I painted a picture of a train "Intercity 125" (Most people unfortunately see it as a car!) in bold, gloopy colourful poster paint. I won a school prize for it, and have continued to practice the visual arts to this day.
Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan, Senior Lecturer in Dance, PE and Education Studies, Bath Spa University

My love of dance and the arts came from my parents, and this was nurtured through ballet, piano and theatre experiences as a young child and teenager. I performed semi-professionally in plays, musical productions, ballets and operas all through my teenage years and am now an executive member of the National Dance Teachers Association and Senior Lecturer in Dance, PE and Education Studies at Bath Spa University. Throughout my teaching career – now more than 20 years – I have taught children of all ages how to think imaginatively and 'dig deeper' when it comes to finding dance movements and ideas. I encourage our teacher trainees to do the same at the university and I know that my own passion for the arts and cultural experiences are appreciated by them and positively influence their attitudes. I believe that cultural learning is essential to us all as human beings, for it contributes to our spiritual and emotional well-being. Children simply must be exposed to more, more, more!
David Anderson, Victoria and Albert Museum

When I was very young we moved as a family from Belfast to Rugby. By the time I was at secondary school I was used to being called Spud or Paddy. Irish jokes were common so I was sometimes their target. We often visited the then Ulster Museum. But it was a history teacher at my school who truly began my cultural education. I learnt that the past has a relationship to the present and that relationship can be controversial. He organised trips to see the historic landscape and he took us to museums. I still remember the moment where I saw my memorable object – an Irish elk, the skeleton towered above mere humans. Its antler span alone was some 11 feet. It was huge, and it was Irish. “Bring on the English elk”, I thought. This was the experience that crystallised my identity, as well as an unarticulated sense of cultural loss. I have never forgotten it – or the power that it revealed to me of objects to move us
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