The Bluecoat Building: origins and continuity

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Commentary and analysis from historical sources charting the transition from an 18th Century Liverpool charitable school institution to the United Kingdom's first 'arts centre'. Examination is made of the commonalities between communities and ad-hoc social networks and the contribution these make to a wider urban community through delineation of place. The long-standing question of architect and builder identity is also explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBluecoat, Liverpool
Subtitle of host publicationThe UK's First Arts Centre
EditorsBryan Biggs, John Belchem
Place of PublicationLiverpool
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781800347472
ISBN (Print)9781789621631
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2020


  • arts
  • education
  • architecture
  • exhibition
  • Liverpool
  • gallery
  • Bluecoat


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