There is no charge for any educational sessions until the end of 2021 because the project has funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund for our work with schools.

We frequently team up with other Jewellery Quarter venues such as the Townscape Heritage Project, The Hive and The Coffin Works as part of a full day experience or longer project, please get in touch for help building your perfect itinerary.

If the sessions outlined below do not fit your needs, please contact us about sessions tailored to the needs of your students and other areas of the curriculum such as Art and Design or Religious Education.

Email josie.wall@jqdt.org to enquire about availability and to help us design the perfect session for your needs.

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Covid-19

Please get in touch with us to discuss ways in which we can engage with your pupils safely during the covid-19 pandemic. We have  a range of workshops which can be delivered in person (where restrictions allow) or remotely using video content and also offer outdoor tours and self-guided options. Jewellery Quarter resource boxes now come with covid-safe guidelines.

We have also produced some resources for Families to carry on learning at home, which might be useful to pupils who are self-isolating.

Gravestone Detectives (Geography, Maths, Science)

Work with an expert guide to help the Jewellery Quarter cemeteries project to produce our catalogue of the gravestones. Help us record the names, dates, shapes and symbols. Learn about the materials and techniques used to make the stones and what they meant to people in the past. How have people from different times in the past used stone monuments?

Look at historic maps and aerial photographs to understand to get an understanding of the layout and how the cemeteries relate to the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham as a whole. Use a map to navigate to key cemetery features, find your location and record your gravestone on a plan of the cemetery.

Stories Among The Stones (English, History)

Learning the stories of people who lived and worked in the Jewellery Quarter, including ‘meeting’ some of the notable Birmingham figures buried at Key Hill and Warstone Lane whilst on a costumed tour.

Discover links to significant historical events including the Industrial Revolution, World War I, World War II and the sinking of the Titanic. Learn about how people lived, worked and spent their leisure time in the past. This session can be tailored based on the curriculum area pupils are learning about e.g. Jewellery Quarter at War, The Victorians.

Use the characters we meet and others we learn about to inspire our own writing; plays, letters and biographies. Do further research to learn more about these people to inform our writing.

Wildlife Explorers (Science, Citizenship)

Working with Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. Explore nature in the cemetery and learn about habitats, ecosystems and food chains. Help us to take better care of the plants, animals and other creatures living in these beautiful places, whilst respecting the history of the cemetery. Take the opportunity to visit at different times of the year and see how the natural environment changes with the seasons.

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Schools Loan Box

Our loans box contains handling objects and comes with a wide range of activities and learning resources. The box is available to borrow to support in classroom learning, either as a standalone or in conjunction with a visit to the Jewellery Quarter. The resource box is also available to home education groups.

The activities in the resource box cover the theme of 'In Loving Memory' and look at the different ways looks at the ways people have been remembered using objects, places and rituals across time from the Ancient Egyptians to the Victorian cemeteries at the centre of the Jewellery Quarter.

The project team are happy to come into school with the box to facilitate a workshop (where restrictions allow) or to deliver a workshop remotely with video content.
All Jewellery Quarter resource boxes now come with covid-safe guidelines.

Our resource box is one of a range available covering Jewellery Quarter history including The Jewellery Trade and Jewellery Quarter at War. Please download the brochure for more information.

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

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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

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

#cemetery #cemeterywildlife #fox #crochet #jewelleryquarterbirmingham
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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!
#crochet #creative #jewelleryquarter #birmingham #christmaswindow #jqchristmas #cemeterywildlife
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