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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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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