There is no charge for these sessions during 2020 and 2021 because the project has funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund for our work with schools.
We are also happy to 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.
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.
Although school visits and loan boxes are not available during lockdown, we have provided some of our resources here to download and are taking bookings for later in the year, subject to schools being able to reopen safely. We have also produced some resources for Families learning at home.
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.
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 project team are happy to come into school with the box to facilitate a workshop.