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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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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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This project is possible because of funding from: