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.’

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

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On 25th November 2021, Olivia Swinscoe @oliviagracephoto ran a photography workshop for Year 10 pupils from City Academy @corecity_acad. The group were each given a disposable camera with 27 shots, to capture themes of life and death such as 'movement and stillness', 'light and shadow' and 'public cemetery, private grief' while exploring Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries.
This video contains just a selection of the best photos taken by Year 10.
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Explore the Gothic side of the Jewellery Quarter with Tour Guide Ian Braisby before warming up at the Shakespeare Inn & rounding off the afternoon with a candlelit tour of @coffin_works museum.
A unique experience on Sun 5th Dec from 2pm-6pm. Tickets £20:
https://the-coffin-works.arttickets.org.uk/the-coffin-works/2021-12-05-jewellery-quarter-gothic-walking-tour
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Is it too early to talk about Christmas?
We hope not because we're getting really excited about 'Christmas Classics at the Catacombs' with @voiceofthetown choir on 2nd December at 4.30pm
Free event - Christmas songs, project thank yous & festive raffle!
https://cemeteries.jewelleryquarter.net/event/christmas-classics-at-the-catacombs/
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Explore the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries & discover the stories which link the area to the world, through the history of the British Empire.

Carrying on the work begun during the #2Visions2Legacies project, we have a new tour exploring Colonial Connections in the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries. Join us for FREE on the 27th or 28th November:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/-210984920577
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