Call for Volunteer Archivists

My Bluecoat has been supported by volunteers since its inception, providing invaluable assistance delving into our archive, digitising material and making it available to the public. As we launch the website and the project moves into its next stage, we are once again seeking assistance from volunteers. 

Bluecoat is the oldest arts centre in the UK, and is located in Liverpool's oldest building. My Bluecoat is being developed in collaboration with The Liverpool Blue Coat School, the original tenants of the site (and now based in Wavertree), and Liverpool Record Office which holds substantial archival material relating to the building. The My Bluecoat website presents a digital archive exploring the history of Bluecoat’s School Lane location and its role at the heart of Liverpool culture. 

We are now seeking volunteers to assist in developing this digital archive, scanning and ordering material. We are also interested in hearing from people with first-hand experience of working in archives, and who would like to be involved in the structure and labelling of our physical archive, stored on-site.

This project would suit those with an interest in contemporary art, local history, social issues, or learning about archival work. It would also be of interest to anyone with an interest in, or a personal history with, the Bluecoat building. In addition to our exhibitions and events, it has housed many shops, businesses and creative organisations over the years. 

If you are interested in taking part in My Bluecoat, please contact Bluecoat's Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Lacey, at michael.l@thebluecoat.org.uk, to discuss the project further.