Andy has worked in the Jewellery Quarter in many guises over the last 20 years. Before partial retirement, he was Operations Director for the Jewellery Quarter Regeneration Partnership for ten years overseeing the regeneration of the area. He is currently a trustee at The Pen Museum and gives talks about Birmingham including the Jewellery Quarter and the Balti Triangle, which was the subject of his book ‘Going For A Balti’. We emailed him to ask what his first memories of visiting the cemeteries were:

‘Never having been to the JQ before starting work in 2000, I was fascinated by the leafy and peaceful seclusion of Key Hill surrounded as it is by buildings and industry, and the dark foreboding atmosphere of the Warstone Lane Catacombs. Also it may have been the time of year but the moss on Alfred Bird’s headstone had turned the colour of custard!’

We visited Alfred Bird’s grave this week to check – but despite the dry weather there was no custard coloured moss at the moment! You can learn more about Bird and his custard in this blog post.

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Our online talks programme continues on May 6th with an in depth look at Key Hill House - James Watt's 1st Birmingham home, plus the wider history of the house and Key Hill with John Townley and George Demidowicz. Free but booking essential.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-talk-a-history-of-key-hill-of-key-hill-house-tickets-149675019011
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Looking forward to the return of the Chamberlain Clock on the 20th-21st March! We've been working with @JQTHproject & 3 co-curators on 2 Visions 2 Legacies project, telling balanced narratives about Warrulan & Chamberlain who are buried in the cemeteries.
https://th.jewelleryquarter.net/2visions2legacies/
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Celebrating Harriet Martineau on International Women's Day #IWD2021
Harriet was a writer, sociologist & campaigner for women's rights, workers rights & education. She started writing because few other careers were open to her as a deaf woman.
Learn more:
https://cemeteries.jewelleryquarter.net/harriet-martineau/
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It's International Women's Day #IWD2021 and we are celebrating historical women of the JQ with @JQBID and @JQTHproject
Constance Naden was a woman of many talents- scientist, artist and philosopher and is now best remembered for her poetry
Learn more:
https://cemeteries.jewelleryquarter.net/constance-naden/
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