Bluecoat Weekly Newsletter 15: My Bluecoat heritage focus, 01/07/20
300 years at the heart of Liverpool
We hope you have been enjoying our recent heritage themed newsletters, which draw on the wealth of archive material available on our My Bluecoat website.
This week's eshot will be our last dedicated My Bluecoat newsletter in this series, as we look ahead to the reopening of our building later this summer. Don't worry though, we will still be sending regular e-newsletters updating you on our plans for reopening, so stay subscribed to be the first to hear our news.
Please do continue to explore the site and if there's anything you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you! Just get in touch using this form.
Bluecoat is a special place for many people. We have collected some of their stories for the website.
Cy & Jeannie Powell are volunteers who, until moving to Yorkshire recently, tended our garden, and Cy was also a Bluecoat board member. Former Director of Bluecoat Display Centre Maureen Bampton talks about ceramicist Julia Carter Preston who had a studio at Bluecoat for many years.
If you have your own Bluecoat story or material that you’d like to share, you can submit it here.
Bluecoat Events Brochures
This week’s featured collection from the website is our events brochures, covering arts programmes from the past 40 years. There are a few of these from earlier, but from 1980 onwards virtually all are included.
You can browse the scanned pages to see how the exhibitions, performances and other activities were developed over this period – together with the changing style and design of the brochures.
Artists respond to Bluecoat's history and building
Many artists over the years have responded to Bluecoat and its history as a charity school, or its 100+ years as an arts centre, or the fabric of the building itself. This ‘site-specificity’ has contributed to some memorable artworks, exhibitions, installations and performances, a selection of which are presented in this slideshow.
You can discover more about the building's connections to transatlantic slavery here and the school's philanthropic origins and educational life in The Blue Coat School collection here.
This week’s posters, selected by our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, feature literature events at Bluecoat. Together they offer a snapshot of literature at the arts centre, which has been hosting poets, novelists, short story writers, historians and others who publish, throughout its long history as an arts centre. View the selection here.
Over recent years, artists have reflected on Bluecoat's history as a school and what life was like for the children who attended.
This activity will refresh children's memories on what school life is like today, whilst contrasting that with the experiences of children from 200 years ago. With routines, roles and environments changing dramatically in the last few months due to lockdown, role-play can help children make sense of change and ease the transition back into school life.
Follow along with our how-to guide for tips, guidance and prompts to create a rich, enabling imaginative school space at home.
There are 300 facts on the site about Bluecoat’s fascinating history.
Can you find out more about this fact on the site? Go to the Menu and use the Search the Archive function.
As a charity, we rely on the income generated by our cafe, bistro and events programme. While our building remains closed in line with guidance from Public Health England, we're losing a huge portion of our income.
Do you regularly visit Bluecoat for a coffee or lunch? We would be so grateful if you could consider donating what you might have spent. Your support will help us to reopen as soon as possible after the restrictions are lifted.