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 to enquire about availability and to help us design the perfect session for your needs.

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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.


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.

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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.

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:

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!

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:

This project is possible because of funding from: