In 2017, when we celebrated the 300th anniversary of our building, we created a special website with a wealth of archival treasures to indulge your curiosity.

Many of you enjoy delving into the My Bluecoat website, and through this regular newsletter we are highlighting some of its fascinating features and content. 

There is lots to explore here, including images from the old school, historic documents and collections of posters and programmes.
 
You can revisit a favourite exhibition, or discover a new one. And if there is anything you’d like to share with us, you can get in touch using this form.
 
Bluecoat is a special place for many people. We have collected some of their stories for the website.

Find out about the much-loved bookshop that Bryan and Alwyn Kernaghan run at Bluecoat in
this film
Discover Kernaghan's story
If you have your own Bluecoat story or material that you’d like to share, you can submit it here.
 
This week’s highlighted collection from the website focuses on the building’s history and its transformation from eighteenth-century charity school to the UK’s first arts centre in the early twentieth century.

Explore the history of Bluecoat here.
There is an updated timeline of key dates here.

A new book, Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK’s first arts centre, edited by Bryan Biggs and John Belchem, is published by Liverpool University Press this summer.
 
Out of the Blue is an arts project in the Norris Green, Anfield, Clubmoor and Granby areas of Liverpool for children aged 5 – 11 who work with our inclusive arts programme Blue Room, to explore their creative potential.

In
this film from 2017 created with George Ellis, they interrogate the building's history as a school and its hidden stories together. Meet Larry the Liverbird, cherubs, ghosts and Bluecoat’s one-handed clock.
To discover more about the building's philanthropic origins and educational life, take a look at The Blue Coat School collection here.
 
This week, our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs has searched our archive for a selection of posters from the late-1960s to the mid-1970s.
With limited budgets and printing a comparatively expensive process then, most publicity was in black and white, as reflected here, with just one poster including a second colour. The selection indicates some of the experimental art being presented at this time by Bluecoat, alongside more traditional painting and sculpture.

Read about Bryan's selection here.

You can explore the Bluecoat Posters collection here. If you find one you especially like tell us on Twitter for a chance for it to be featured in our next Newsletter.

 
Learn about the children who attended The Blue Coat School in 1822 with these items from our archive featuring silhouette portraits and notes on the pupils.

Follow along with our
guide to make your own miniature silhouette portrait. 
 

There are more learning resources here.

These were developed in 2017 for use in schools but contain some interesting information and learning activities. 

 
There are 300 facts on the site about Bluecoat’s fascinating history.

Click here to see this week’s

 
Can you find anything 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. 
We need your help now more than ever. 
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Image Credits: Bluecoat Society of Arts jubilee plaque created by Julia Carter Preston, sited at the garden's College Lane entrance, 1977; still from Bryan and Alwyn Kernaghan's film, 2017; still from Tick - Tock - Old - Clock film, 2017; Bluecoat posters in the Vide, 2017; Jane Sanders, Elvis Elvis Lives, performance installation for Live from the Vinyl Junkyard live art commissions,1996
 
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