We are delighted that the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, has been awarded a £210,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to reveal its 300-year history.

The Blue Coat School was situated in what is now the Bluecoat’s buildings from 1717-1906 when the School relocated to what was then the countryside of Wavertree. In 2017 the Bluecoat will be celebrating the 300th birthday of the buildings and we look forward to working in partnership with them on this exciting project, called My Bluecoat.

At the heart of My Bluecoat will be a new website telling the building’s history. The website will digitise existing Bluecoat archives for the first time and will also bring together people’s memories of the building, and these can be submitted via social media, Bluecoat’s website, or in person.

Across the year there will be a programme of events and exhibitions, starting in January with Art at the Heart of Bluecoat, a display examining the development of Bluecoat as the first arts centre in the UK and the importance of artists, who first moved into the building in 1907.

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