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The Bluecoat is the perfect environment for young people to learn outside the classroom. We can offer a wide range of creative experiences led by professional practitioners in attractive settings with excellent facilities.

The heritage of the building, the skills of our creative community members and our regularly changing gallery exhibitions provide a series of unique starting points for activities with young people. Our team is experienced in working with teaching staff and youth leaders to devise and deliver programmes that are tailored to specific groups. So whatever your requirements, we will do our best to deliver them through a friendly, high quality experience for both you and your group.

Information about this programme is divided into Primary, Secondary, Informal Education (including information appropriate to Extended Schools teams) and Higher Education.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our work or explore other possibilities please either contact or

My Bluecoat 

Thanks to National Lottery funding, we are developing a project called My Bluecoat which will bring alive the building’s heritage. The project will bring together information about the building’s transformation from charity school in the 18th and 19th centuries to the UK’s first arts centre in the 20th century by digitising archives held at Bluecoat, Liverpool Record Office, the current Blue Coat School in Wavertree, and elsewhere, making them publicly accessible for the first time.

Involving schools and sharing Bluecoat’s story with the children of Liverpool is extremely important to the My Bluecoat project. Bluecoat started out as a school and children play a central role in its story. We are keen to make sure that is true about Bluecoat’s future as well as the building’s past.

During the development phase of the project we are working on a range of educational resources that will be linked to optional activity sessions. These could be delivered in a number of ways including: the provision of material for self-guided use at school (including loan boxes), a class visit to Bluecoat for activities or one of our team visiting your school to run a workshop. These exciting and engaging resources are aimed at KS1 and KS2 and will investigate the history and heritage of Bluecoat as well as exploring themes across the national curriculum such as childhood in the 19th century, the river Mersey, changes in living memory and art in Liverpool. 

If you would like further information about the My Bluecoat education programme or have any questions about how your school can become involved please contact or phone 0151 702 7768 extension 199. 

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My Bluecoat has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, this major initiative will digitise the archives from a number of key sources, bringing these fascinating records together for the first time alongside memories from the public.

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Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most ...

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