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Looked After Children

This new project aims to commemorate the lives of the children who were students in the Bluecoat building when it was used as a residential school for destitute children.

Before it became an arts centre, the Bluecoat building housed a charity school for nearly 200 years. The Liverpool Blue Coat School, also referred to as the Charity School or the Blue Coat Hospital, was the original occupier of the present Bluecoat building in School Lane.

The school, set up for the town’s orphaned and destitute children, had been founded in 1708 by the Rector of Liverpool, Reverend Robert Styth and Bryan Blundell, much of whose fortune he invested in the school as it grew.

Get Involved

This Looked After Children project will take as its starting point Bluecoat’s original philanthropic purpose as an educational institution set up to help the town’s poor and destitute children.

We're looking for anyone with a special interest in the history of the Bluecoat children to get involved. We’d especially like to hear from people who are care-experienced who can help us to sensitively represent and commemorate the lives of the children cared for at Bluecoat.

You’ll get to work collaboratively with writers and artists to produce creative material for performances and presentations taking place at the Bluecoat

If you would like to take part, please contact the Project Facilitator Janaya Pickett with a brief statement of interest. Email janaya.p@thebluecoat.org.uk

Workshop sessions will take place between March and June at Bluecoat (times and dates to be confirmed).

Echoes and Origins

This project is part of a wider exploration into the origins of the Bluecoat's historic building and its echoes in Liverpool today.

Alongside our Looked After Children project we have also been exploring the Bluecoat's Colonial Legacies.

The school was built to a large extent with funds generated from the expanding port, with regular subscriptions derived directly from the trade in enslaved Africans or slavery-related commodities like sugar, tobacco and cotton.

Working with young people from the Greenhouse Project in Toxeth, L8 and others from across Liverpool, we've explored this history and its legacy, culminating in a new exhibition now on display in our gallery.