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Key Hill Cemetery
Key Hill
Birmingham, West Midlands B18 5AH United Kingdom
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Unique hard hat tour inside Birmingham’s oldest catacombs, learn about how they were built and see the interior architecture.

The Catacombs in Key Hill Cemetery are the oldest in Birmingham and are a unique architectural structure which became the final resting place for many Birmingham families. The exterior of the catacombs underwent repairs in 2019-2020 and now some additional works are being carried out on the interior, so this is your chance to have a peak inside as part of a unique hard hat tour. Learn about how the catacombs were built, view the interior architecture and memorials, and get a chance to see inside some of the unused catacombs. No human remains or coffins will be visible on this tour.

Lighting levels are low in the catacombs so in addition to hard hats and hi vis vests, LED lanterns will be issued to all participants. Although work has begun to improve the flooring, we still advise wearing sturdy footwear due to uneven surfaces. Face coverings are also strongly advised because the air can be dusty (we will have disposable masks available). This tour is not accessible for wheelchair users, but we hope this will change in the future.

Numbers are limited and booking is essential in order to ensure social distancing can be observed.

Tours last 45 mins and start at 4.30pm and 5.30pm


15th September 2021
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Josie Wall

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


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:

#lgbthistory #valentinesday #birmingham #jewelleryquarter #jewelleryquarterbirmingham #cemetery #tour #birminghamheritage

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

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

This project is possible because of funding from: