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Family Trails and Activities

We have produced a range of activities for families to use when they visit the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.

You can look at the images here or download any activity as a PDF. They are all available as a printed booklet too. Pick up a copy from venues around the JQ or email josie.wall@jqdt.org for a copy.

Visiting a Cemetery

A cemetery is a wonderful green space full of nature and wildlife. It’s OK to explore a local cemetery like you would a local park. Arwen Clement, an end of life chaplain, helps us talk about death and cemeteries with young people and covers some simple rules to stay safe when visiting.

Maps for Explorers

We have three different trails available to chose from in each cemetery so there’s always plenty to do with the family. Use our treasure maps to navigate to help you find your way around!

Marie Challinor Tree Trail look for plaques at some of our special trees to find out more about them. There are 10 plaques across the two cemeteries for you to spot. Find out more here.

Young Explorers Trail use the clues to find interesting markers and graves.

Treasure Trail use our clues or GPS guide to find a treasure and swap for a treasure of your own inside!

Treasure Trail (GPS)

There are 10 hidden treasures in the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries, each one is a small silver tin which contains a log book (so you can record the date you found it), a pencil and some treasures!
Take a treasure home and leave something behind for the next explorer. You could bring small gifts to put into the tins such as painted stones or small toys or leave a pretty pebble, feather or other natural treasure you have found while exploring. Please do not put food items into the tins – this might attract wildlife or go mouldy! If the tin you find is empty, you can report this to josie.wall@jqdt.org. We try to top the tins up with new treasure on a regular basis – including leaving themed items for different seasons e.g. Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

You can use the map, the location clues or GPS guide to help you find the tins! Make sure you put it back carefully so that other people can find it next time. If you enjoyed looking for our treasures, you might like Geocaching which also uses GPS to look for hidden treasures – there are lots across Birmingham to look for!

Young Explorers Trails

There is one trail for each cemetery. Warstone Lane cemetery has a short trail which covers a limited area, perfect for younger children and those with pushchairs. The Key Hill trail is longer, great for children who are good at walking and exploring.

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

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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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