Joseph Moore was a manufacturer of buttons and other similar products. He became wealthy and used his money to help people, for example by creating a dispensary for the poor where they could receive medicines. He was also a great lover of music. His friends James Watt and Matthew Boulton encouraged him to start a concert society.

Eventually he ended up running the Birmingham Triennial Festival – concerts which raised money for the Birmingham General Hospital. The Town Hall was built as a venue for the festivals, and its organ technically belonged to the hospital!

Drawing of Birmingham Town Hall in 1834, by Henry Harris (Birmingham Live)

Moore wrote to the composer Mendelssohn, asking him to come to Birmingham to play. In 1846, the first performance of Elijah, was at the Birmingham Festival.

Joseph Moore died in 1851 and was buried in Warstone Lane Cemetery (section D, grave 926). His memorial is very weathered and no inscription survives, but it does feature a harp design and a portrait of Joseph. The grave is close to the main pathway which leads from the Lodge to the Catacombs and is near to the Hipkins family tomb.

Further Reading

‘My favourite thing in Archives & Collections, Papers of Joseph Moore’, by Val Burchall, The Iron Room

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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