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In partnership with Everything to Everybody and Norman Bartlam of TNT, the Jewellery Quarter Research Trust presents a selection of short films about Victorian Do-gooders buried at Key Hill Cemetery. A different film for each day of Birmingham Heritage Week.

Discover how George Dawson (Non-conformist minister and founder of the Shakespeare Memorial Library), Marie Bethel-Beauclerc (first female newspaper reporter in England), John Davis Mullins (Chief Librarian at The Central Lending Library and Art Gallery), Charles Reece Pemberton (Shakespearean actor), Joseph Tangye (Entrepreneurial industrialist and manufacturer) and others changed Birmingham for the better, and how Dawson’s ‘Civic Gospel’ influenced social reform on a national scale.

The ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project unites the Shakespeare archive at the Library of Birmingham – the first, oldest and largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world, and one of the UK’s most important cultural assets, with the George Dawson Collection.

Opened in 1836, Key Hill Cemetery is the oldest nondenominational cemetery in Birmingham and the last resting place of some of Birmingham’s most influential citizens.

Thurs 10 Sept – Sun 20 Sept. Released 12pm. A different film each day.  Video will be viewable on JQRT Facebook and Twitter on dates and times specified.


10th September 2020 @ 12:00 pm
20th September 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Jewellery Quarter Research Trust
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Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


We had an amazing day yesterday at the @jqbid #jqfestival collaborating with @jo_gane1 @suslifeuk @dontgointothecellar and of course the @friendskeyhillwarstonelanecem meeting so many amazing people

We couldn't have done it without everyone's help, including loads of support behind the scenes from @bhamcitycouncil @coffin_works @thehivejq and all the amazing #JQHeritageSquad volunteers.

Now we need to sleep for a week but then we'll be buzzing with ideas for 2023!

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

This project is possible because of funding from: