Bust of William Shakespeare, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Culture

Why Does Shakespeare Matter in Birmingham?

Photo: Bust of William Shakespeare, John Michael Rysbrack, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery If you’ve ever tried to ‘break the ice’, worn ‘your heart upon your sleeve’, or celebrated a ‘brave new world’, then you’re already familiar with Shakespeare! This sixteenth

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Culture

International Women’s Day

The day has important connections with working women’s rights, and in 2017, there was a strike entitled ‘a Day Without Women.’ This saw entire school systems close for the day, as women make up around 75% of schoolteachers. Those who

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Dr Seuss puppets
Creativity

The History of Puppets

There is evidence that puppets have existed in England for the past 600 years! During the Medieval Period, travelling minstrels used hand puppets. Early puppet shows were probably based on Bible stories, and Greek or Roman legends. In London, the

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Illustration of Toni Morrison created to celebrate the anniversary of her birthday
Culture

Why is Toni Morrison important?

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) Today we want to celebrate the author Toni Morrison, whose birthday is on the 18th of February. Her thought-provoking, impassioned books explore the African American experience. This provides vital black representation, where in Morrison’s own words, “black

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Pink roses for Valentine's Day
Culture

How Did Valentine’s Day Start?

Valentine’s Day is believed to have existed since the third Century AD, originating with a priest in Rome named St Valentine. The Emperor at the time, Claudius II, had banned marriage, but Valentine broke the rules to perform secret unions.

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Creativity

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Author: Francesca Rhodes This is the most important holiday in China, known as chunjie (春节) or the Spring Festival. It is not just a day, but almost a month-long celebration, with an important cultural significance. The New

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