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300 years at the heart of Liverpool

Welcome to My Bluecoat, celebrating 300 years of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings. Bluecoat is Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, dating from the early 18th century. It has a fascinating history; a charity school for nearly 200 years that became the UK’s first arts centre. The building continues as a centre for the contemporary arts to this day. Its architectural importance is reflected in its Grade One listing and inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage site, Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. 2017 Marks 300 years since the building was dedicated. Its original purpose has changed, but having been in continuous use and witness to Liverpool’s fluctuating fortunes over three centuries, it remains an iconic building at the heart of the city’s history and culture. With a modern arts wing completed in 2008 overlooking a popular garden, Bluecoat is a reinvigorated 21st Century arts space, whose rich heritage is collected here.

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1900s

Charles Reilly moved the University of Liverpool School of Architecture to Bluecoat in 1909, the department would remain here for 9 years and continue to exhibit at Bluecoat, renewing the relatiosnhip in 2017

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My Bluecoat Story

I was taught etching by george someone or other and learnt my trade there