Julian and Margaret are relations of Constance Naden, poet, scientist, artist and philosopher who is buried at Key Hill Cemetery. There was a very successful campaign to restore Constance Naden’s gravestone and a rededication ceremony in May 2019.

We spoke to Margaret Hall in February 2020:

“We are related to Constance Naden through our grandmother, Mary Gwendoline Naden Rees, who was a younger half-sister to Constance. Obviously, we never met Constance (died 1889) but our grandmother had known her and was very fond of her. I remember her telling me what a gifted poet she was, and how the Prime Minister William Gladstone had said she was the finest woman poet of the Victorian age. There is in our family a letter from Oscar Wilde, so we know he was a fan as well! Julian and I were able to lodge some original papers at the Cadbury Library, which Clare Stainthorp was able to use in her recent book. We worked with Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries, as we planned the new stone, and went about raising the funds to do it.

I was at the unveiling of the new headstone with another brother David Rees. It was quite a moving little ceremony; we read some of Constance’s verse, and my memories of my grandmother. It was very rewarding to have about 30 people there, who had been involved in some way with the appeal for funds to replace the old broken stone, with something we felt more appropriate.”

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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

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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!
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