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Weekly Blog 9: 300 years in the heart of Liverpool

















In 2017, when we celebrated the 300th anniversary of our building, we created a special website with a wealth of archival treasures to indulge your curiosity.

Many of you enjoy delving into the My Bluecoat website, and through this regular blog we are highlighting some of its fascinating features and content. 

There is lots to explore here, including images from the old school, historic documents and collections of posters and programmes.
You can revisit a favourite exhibition, or discover a new one. And if there is anything you’d like to share with us, you can get in touch using this form.

Bluecoat is a special place for many people. We have collected some of their stories for the website.

Find out about the much-loved bookshop that Bryan and Alwyn Kernaghan run at Bluecoat in 
this film

Discover Kenaghan's story.











This week’s highlighted collection from the website focuses on the building’s history and its transformation from eighteenth-century charity school to the UK’s first arts centre in the early twentieth century.

Explore the history of Bluecoat here.

There is an updated timeline of key dates here.

A new book, Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK’s first arts centre, edited by Bryan Biggs and John Belchem, is published by Liverpool University Press this summer.

Out of the Blue is an arts project in the Norris Green, Anfield and Granby areas of Liverpool for children aged 5 – 11 who work with our inclusive arts programme Blue Room, to explore their creative potential.

In this film from 2017 created with George Ellis, they interrogate the building's history as a school and its hidden stories together. Meet Larry the Liverbird, cherubs, ghosts and Bluecoat’s one-handed clock.

To discover more about the building's philanthropic origins and educational life, take a look at The Blue Coat School collection here.

Our My Bluecoat website collections include one featuring exhibition and event posters in our archive. This week, our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs has searched our archive for a selection of posters from the late-1960s to the mid-1970s.

With limited budgets and printing a comparatively expensive process then, most publicity was in black and white, as reflected here, with just one poster including a second colour. The selection indicates some of the experimental art being presented at this time by Bluecoat, alongside more traditional painting and sculpture.

Read about Bryan's selection here.

You can explore the Bluecoat Posters collection here. If you find one you especially like tell us on Twitter for a chance for it to be featured in our next Newsletter.

Learn about the children who attended The Blue Coat School in 1822 with these items from our archive featuring silhouette portraits and notes on the pupils.

Follow along with our 
guide to make your own miniature silhouette portrait. 


There are 300 facts on the site about Bluecoat’s fascinating history.

Click here to see this week’s

Can you find anything more about this fact on the site? Go to the Menu and use the Search the Archive function.


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