The Blue Coat School’s best ever yet Heritage Open Days will take place in September when we open our doors to the public for two weekends in succession during September.
Heritage Open Days (HODs), which is organised by the National Trust, is a scheme whereby buildings of architectural and historic interest which are usually closed to the public welcome everybody in with free entry.
After successfully participating in the scheme for a number of years, the School will upgrade its attractions with mini-recitals in the School Chapel featuring its Walker organ. Blue Coat’s talented team of musicians, past and present will perform and, with supervision, visitors can try playing the organ too.
This will highlight the Blue Coat For All project to restore Shirley Hall’s historic Father Willis organ, due to be reinstalled in mid-autumn.
There will also be illustrated talks about the School’s history and Blue Coat For All community engagement projects including the Community Choir, collecting Oral History interviews and digitising the School Archive.
A unique aspect of the School’s Heritage Open Days are the guided tours led by Sixth Form students and Old Blues. Visiting children can also try on the School’s original Georgian-style uniforms for the first time.
The School will be open for Heritage Open Days from 11.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday 14th September, Sunday 15th September; Saturday 21st September and Sunday 22nd September. No booking is required for this event.