Dennis has worked in the JQ since 2007, starting at St Paul’s Church before taking on his current role with JQBID; keeping the Jewellery Quarter clean and tidy. He remembers visiting Warstone Lane Cemetery for the first time:

“My first visit to Warstone Lane Cemetery took place in early August 2007. I had been working at St Paul’s Church for exactly 4 months, with my entire knowledge of the JQ centred around the Church and surrounding Square.

After finishing work at 4.30pm I decided I would venture more into the Heart of the Jewellery Quarter, after a few minutes I found myself on Warstone Lane, the first thing that struck me was just EXACTLY how many Jewellers shops there were, continuing past the Green Chamberlain clock I found my self at the Cemetery, as it was a nice sunny day (well dry at least) I decided to have a look around. I was soon enthralled by the Catacombs and the whole lay out of the cemetery.

I had recently started to write a crime novel in my spare time so had a look at many of the graves to see if I could see any interesting names that I could use or if something would spark my imagination. Before I knew it 2 hours had past reluctantly, I made my way out of the cemetery, it wouldn’t be too long however before I returned.”

These days Dennis spends plenty of time in both cemeteries, helping us with our weekly Community Litter Picks, leading regular cemetery tours and also stopping in as part of his Kathleen Dayus tour to visit the grave where her mother and sister are buried.

Dennis and Luke from JQBID in Warstone Lane Cemetery, standing close to the spot where Mary Ann Greenhill and Mary Ann White are buried.
Community Litter Pick on a rainy day!

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

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We are very excited about 'Diamonds in the Rough' a unique tour with storytelling & live performance, exploring queer history in the JQ Cemeteries for LGBT History Month.
Join Sheldon K Goodman and
Sacha Coward from @thecemeteryclub
on 12th-14th February:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diamonds-in-the-rough-tour-tickets-251264879017

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Released to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2021, this video explores some of the nocturnal animals which make the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries their home. They might be hard to spot, but we can often see the traces they leave behind.

Emily Doyle @oldbort is a multidisciplinary visual artist who moved to the Jewellery Quarter as a student in 2015 and never left. Her practice focuses on the biological, looking for comfort in the physicality that connects us all during changing times. Throughout lockdown, Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries have been a source of inspiration and respite for Emily and the sites have shaped her creative output through 2020 and 2021, Like many, she has found the JQ Cemeteries to be a place of grounding and reflection.

Sustainability is at the forefront of Emily's work. The textile sculptures in this film were all made using reclaimed textiles, including some sourced through Scrapstore Birmingham.

This film commission was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust

#cemetery #cemeterywildlife #fox #crochet #jewelleryquarterbirmingham
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The star of the final @oldbort cemeyery seasons film of the year, which drops on 21st December has taken up residence right next to the @jqbid Christmas window at the Big Peg!
You can see this fox in his den anytime during the window trail. We can't wait for his on camera debut!
#crochet #creative #jewelleryquarter #birmingham #christmaswindow #jqchristmas #cemeterywildlife
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