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Key Hill Cemetery
Key Hill
Birmingham, West Midlands B18 5AH United Kingdom
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Working in conjunction with The Bone Ensemble, creating a unique performance tour experience, uncovering stories from the Jewellery Quarter

Working in conjunction with The Bone Ensemble, we are creating a unique performance tour experience, uncovering stories from the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries. Meet figures from Birmingham’s past beside their resting places in Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries, as brought to life by costumed volunteers, storytelling and live music.

This performance is a socially distanced piece of promenade performance – the audience will move between stops on the tour route, encountering vignettes and characters from history along the way.

There are opportunities for the audience to become part of the story and learn more about Birmingham figures, both well-known and often overlooked, plus the rich history of the cemetery landscapes.

Tours will begin at Key Hill cemetery and last around 1.5 hours. Social distancing rules will be followed throughout the performance; booking is essential due to limited numbers of tickets.

Access information:

The paths in both cemeteries have been recently resurfaced to provide level access from Vyse St, Icknield St, Pitsford St (Warstone Lane Cemetery) and Icknield St and Key Hill (Key Hill Cemetery), but some of the tour locations will involve crossing onto grassed areas which can be uneven. A digital copy of the script will be available for people with hearing impairments. There are no toilet facilities in the cemeteries, the public toilet on Vyse Street is now open to the public again. Please contact us by email josie.wall@jqdt.org if you have any concerns or additional access requirements.


Due to Covid-19 there are limited places for this event. If you find you can no longer attend please let us know so we can reimburse you and offer your place to someone else.

We will keep attendee details for 21 days after the event in case they are needed for NHS track and trace.


12th September 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 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: