New online archive documents 300 years of Bluecoat

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My Bluecoat brings together stories, films, documents and archival images from one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings.

Dedicated in 1717, Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It began life as a charitable boarding school for poor children, and in the early 20th century became the UK’s first arts centre, a role that continues today.  The My Bluecoat website brings together these historic strands alongside the stories of the people who have visited, experienced and participated in Bluecoat’s varied activities.

Research for the website took place during 2017, the 300th anniversary year, and they’re continuing to update and add to it – with your help. Whether you’re exploring Bluecoat for the first time, or have memories to share, they would love to hear your Bluecoat story. My Bluecoat has been developed in partnership with Liverpool Record Office and Liverpool Blue Coat School and is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.



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