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Heritage Open Days

In response to this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of 'Routes, Networks, Connections' the Bluecoat reveals some of the threads running through our building, past and present.

Fri 6 - Sun 15 Sep

Explore our archive

Our new and improved online archive The Library brings together stories, films, documents and archival images from one of Liverpool's most iconic buildings. Dedicated in 1717 as a charitable boarding school for poor children, the Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre. In the early 20th century it became the UK's first arts centre, a role that continues today.