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The Archive offers a display of 40-plus years of cultural history. Who did what, why, when and to what effect. More than an absorbing archive: also a do-it-yourself kit to contribute to future cultural initiatives; covering events created by the Black-E as well as the work of visiting artists.

A Question of Equity - April 1990
  A Question of  Equity was a piece of Research as to the situation of women in the arts on Merseyside.  It was undertaken by Wendy Harpe and funded by Merseyside Arts.  It was a result of work done by The Women in Arts Research Group which was based at the Blackie, it included members of Blackie staff and women from other arts organisations Read More
07-08-2017 1 week 3 days ago
Second Sight - 1977
Second Sight was the Blackies Summer Theatre in 1977.  As in previous years the people who ran Second Sight also worked on playschemes around the City.  Both Second Sight and the work on playschemes were based on photography.  Read More
25-07-2017 1 week 5 days ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 2 weeks 6 days ago
Second Sight - Silhouettes - August 1977
Second Sight was based on using photography to get people to look again.  It came in two parts - part 1 was  events around the City and part 2 was photographic games played with young people in 4 different playschemes.  This is a description of part two - although there are good descriptions of the games we have very little in the way of photographs. Silhouettes Read More
25-07-2017 2 weeks 6 days ago
Food Events - Summer 1976
The Idea   Read More
09-03-2014 3 weeks 23 hours ago
Magic In The Park 22-07-2017 4 weeks 20 hours ago
Directors Report On Lorry Theatre - 1969
Lorry Theatre took place very early in the Blackie's history  and it was the first attempt of working with communities in the open air.  Bill Harpe directed the event and, not surpringly, his Report On Lorry Theatre considers the role of the arts and artists when working with audiences who traditionally have had little or no relationships with either. LORRY THEATRE EXPEDITION 1969. DIRECTOR'S REPORT Read More
17-07-2017 4 weeks 4 days ago
Lorry Theatre - 18th August To 4th September 1969
Lorry Theatre was the first out door event staged by The Blackie,  below is part of the Press Release sent out prior to the event. "The proposal is for a Lorry Theatre Expedition. - jointly promoted by the Merseyside Arts Association and Great Georges - to tour 8/l2 open-air sites in Merseyside during the last two weeks in August. Read More
06-06-2017 4 weeks 4 days ago
Building Sight - The Concept -Sept 1974/Feb 1975
The Context:  The Blackie started its rebuilding programme in 1974  - as the building was stripped out there appeared the most amazing space which changed on a regular basis as the building work progressed. Read More
19-09-2014 9 weeks 3 days ago
Going Away Games - 7th January 1973
As explained in the above leaflet Going Away Games was a day long show to mark the closure of the building for redevelopment. Read More
15-03-2017 9 weeks 3 days ago
Participatory Vigils 2 - Richard Layzell - 26th Nov 1983
The Vigil Framework Read More
11-02-2016 1 year 21 weeks ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Stephen and Jimmy's Party - 29th May 1988
Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties. The Programme 12pm - 2pm   Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery.  Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad.  He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any  photos of this. 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement Read More
18-01-2017 14 weeks 5 days ago
(01) Newsheet July/August 1969
This is the earliest newsheet we have found - to date.  It consists of two pages and does not have a cover as such. Read More
09-09-2016 49 weeks 2 days ago
(02) Newsheet Dec 1969 / Jan1970 Newsheet
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09-09-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago
(03) Newsheet March - 1970
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10-09-2016 48 weeks 6 days ago
(04) Play Is A Revolutionary Activity - Summer 1970 18-06-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago
(05) It's An Education - Summer 1971 11-06-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago
(06) In The Community Interest - Winter 1971 25-06-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago
(07) Its All In The Game - Easter 1972
  To read the contents click on the numbers below and enlarge the image Read More
25-06-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago
(08) Towards A common Language - Summer 1972
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25-06-2016 49 weeks 1 day ago

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