Move over, stuffed teddies. Museums today need more to stimulate young minds | Tristram Hunt

June 24, 2023
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An old childhood favourite reopens its doors this week. A revamp was long overdue, says its director

Here is a curious tension. This month, the government announced an extra £77m to support new “creative clusters” across film, fashion, TV and gaming. With the creative industries supporting more than 2m jobs and bringing in £108bn a year to the British economy, it makes sense.

Yet at the same time, we are throttling the pipeline. The last 12 years have witnessed a 60% collapse in the number of young people taking art and design GCSE – alongside equally terrible falls in music, drama and other creative subjects. To no one’s great surprise, this is accelerating the longer-term trend of shuttering arts, languages and humanities departments across British universities.

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