In these challenging times, the function of the arts in society is becoming increasingly valued, as well as put under scrutiny. Publicly-funded arts organisations are being challenged to develop new ways to engage with their audiences, to become more relevant to local communities, and to grow their civic role.
As the first arts centre in the UK, constituted in 1927, the Bluecoat has long engaged with Liverpool’s cultural and civic life, providing a home for artists, cultural societies, creative retailers, festivals, and a place for public discourse and social interaction.
The Merseybeat Office and replica Cavern at Beatles Story
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) August 16, 2020
The Beatles Story is home to the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia anywhere in the world.
Key items include the last piano John Lennon played on. Diane Glover from the attraction says: “It was from Record Plant Studios in New York where John had been rehearsing on the day he was sadly shot. It’s been played on by Elton John, Aerosmith, and David Bowie penned ‘Fame’ on it!”
Other star exhibits include George Harrison’s first guitar, Ringo’s drum kit, the original ‘Help’ notes and John Lennon’s glasses and of course the replica Cavern Club and replica Merseybeat office, where the magic began.