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Birmingham’s children are “culture-starved”, says tourism report

A quarter of parents surveyed said they couldn’t afford entrance fees or didn’t have the time to take their kids to attractions

Where are the children? Visitors queue to see the Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2009

Research commissioned by the tourism body Visit Birmingham has branded millions of British children “culture starved” after it found that four in ten children aged five to 12 have never visited an art gallery, while 17% have never been to a museum with their parents. The study, published in February, surveyed 2,000 parents from across the UK.

A quarter of parents said they could not afford the entrance fees for attractions and 28% said they did not have the time. However, the report points outs: “Many attractions in Birmingham and the wider region have free entry, particularly for children, and you can learn much from visiting landmarks and exploring the history about them.”

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