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300 years at the heart of Liverpool

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the My Bluecoat project brings alive this distinctive and resilient building’s heritage and transformation, from charity school in the 18th and 19th centuries to a pioneering arts centre. Through this website and linked events and resources we are sharing this history with our visitors and celebrating Bluecoat’s continuing role at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life. As Liverpool city centre’s oldest building (and one of its most significant), Bluecoat has a direct connection to the key phases of the development of the Maritime Mercantile city and the personalities who have shaped it. My Bluecoat aims to identify and record the many layers of Bluecoat’s heritage: of the building itself, with its distinctive architecture, and its history as, first, a charity school for orphans in the 18th and 19th centuries, then as a nationally significant arts centre (the UK’s first) in the 20th century. We are always interested in hearing from individuals whose own lives have been touched by this iconic institution. Please do get in touch!

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5th May 1995

The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs ​collaborated on a performance on Church ​S​t ​for Bluecoat's Summer in the City '95.

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