posted 27 Apr 2017
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Join the My Bluecoat project, which will bring alive the building’s heritage to help celebrate Bluecoat turning 300.
Thanks to National Lottery funding, throughout 2017 there will be a programme of heritage, art exhibitions, live music and dance events and community projects will help audiences explore different aspects of Bluecoat’s history. Through this programme and our website we will also investigate the many connections between the Bluecoat’s story and the history of the city itself.
This history will be informed by Bluecoat collecting and sharing the stories of individuals who have personal connections to Bluecoat, presenting an alternative narrative to the “official” story. To help with this unofficial history, we invite you to share any stories you or your family may have from throughout Bluecoat's history. As well as gathering people's history, this project will also 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.
We are also encouraging people to share any stories, memories, facts and images online using the hashtag #mybluecoat
Material will be uploaded onto a new My Bluecoat website coming later in the year, allowing current visitors to learn more about Bluecoat’s history and creating opportunities to share Bluecoat’s heritage with a new audience.
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.