Sophie Jones is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Liverpool, where she is a member of the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre. Her doctoral research focuses on eighteenth-century New York and the development of loyalism during the American Revolution. Her interest in the history of the Bluecoat is the result of a collaborative project between Bluecoat and the University of Liverpool completed in 2015, which looked at the origins of the charity school in eighteenth-century Liverpool.

International Slavery Museum: Review: Bluecoat 300: Charity, Philanthropy and the Black Atlantic

2017 marked two anniversaries in Liverpool: the tercentenary of the Bluecoat building, a contemporary arts centre which was originally constructed as a charity school in 1717, and the tenth anniversary of the International Slavery Museum. Like many institutions founded in eighteenth-century Liverpool, Bluecoat was supported by funds derived from maritime trade; in particular, the transatlantic slave trade. As part of Bluecoat’s year-long anniversary programme, special attention has been paid to exploring the building’s connections to slavery. Continue reading