Liz emailed the project to share her memories of growing up near the cemeteries and an unusual discovery:

‘My name is Liz and i grew up a road away from Key Hill Cemetary, as a child we often went to both cemeteries with school (Brookfields) to collect leaves in the autumn, to find the graves of Chamberlain and walk around learning.

As I got older I would use them to walk through and managed to find a grave with the same exact name of my own who died exactly one month before I was born. This has both excited and unnerved me for many years though it makes me feel I have a connection to it. I noticed recently that Warstone Lane Cemetery has a new fence, it’s nice to see one back after so many years. I also remember the cemetery caretaker from the 1980’s, can’t remember his name but he would always speak to my mom.

My mom still lives there so I get to pass it often, not been inside them in years but it’s good to see they are being looked after. The cemeteries and local history have always fascinated me and I just love the trees in the autumn.’

‘Also Elizabeth Lucy Evans, Died June 30th 1976. Aged 76.’

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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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