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An education provided by trips to museums


Highly educated in all the wrong areas
Brian Sewell Writer
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And then there may have been the problem of my education. That may have been one of the tipping factors, because I hadn’t gone to school. I’d reached the age of ten and a half or so without ever setting foot in school, which was wonderful, because I was a highly educated child, but in all the wrong areas and never the right ones.

[Q] How were you educated, then?

Oh, well I can’t remember not being able to read, so I think I was taught to read at a very early age. And that was the... I think, the biggest single weapon in education. I could read, so I could read anything.

Born in England, Brian Sewell (1931-2015) was considered to be one of Britain’s most prominent and outspoken art critics. He was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art and subsequently became an art critic for the London Evening Standard; he received numerous awards for his work in journalism. Sewell also presented several television documentaries, including an arts travelogue called The Naked Pilgrim in 2003. He talked candidly about the prejudice he endured because of his sexuality.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: education, school, reading

Duration: 55 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 28 June 2012