Birmingham Catacombs Guided Walking Tours , Events 2021








OCTOBER TOURS 

Guided Walking Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery at the J.Q Fest 2019

Guided Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery

Sun 10 Oct    at 12 noon with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .

Meet at Pitsford Street entrance near catacombs

Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite .

Guided Tour of Key Hill Cemetery
Sun 10 Oct at 2pm
Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite

November TOURS

Guided Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery

Sun 14 Nov, at   12 noon with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .

Meet at Pitsford Street entrance near catacombs

Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite .

Sun 14 Nov  at 2pm

Meet at Ickneild Street entrance near Key Hill Circus ( not to be confused with Warstone Lane cemetery , Ickneild Street entrance )

Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite

November TOURS

Guided Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery

Sun 14 Nov, at   12 noon with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .

Meet at Pitsford Street entrance near catacombs

Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite .

Guided Tour of Key Hill Cemetery with Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery

Sun 14 Nov  at 2pm

Meet at Ickneild Street entrance near Key Hill Circus ( not to be confused with Warstone Lane cemetery , Ickneild Street entrance )

Tickets £5.00 via website Eventbrite


Special Events September

The Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground Project is busy this month as we try and fit in plenty of memorial recording sessions before the weather turns. In these sessions we are collecting the information to create an archive, based on a digital map, of those buried in the burial grounds of five burial grounds across Birmingham. 
The inscriptions on the memorials and the stories behind them can be fascinating and unexpected.


Places on the sessions are free, no experience is needed, and we will provide everything you need for the session.

Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground Project Please book your free places by following the links below.

14th September
 (Tuesday) Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter
4- 6pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158546198949


21st September
 (Tuesday) Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter
4-6pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158546198949

These special places are full of stories …… come and discover some for yourself!

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Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery

Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery are both located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in Hockley.
The Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries, are a group of volunteers working to preserve, research, inform and promote these important historic and interesting cemeteries and have been  raising  funds for grave Restoration since 2004.  
Both Cemeteries are listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. There are a number of notable people buried in these two historic cemeteries.

Guided Tours of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries in Birmingham ,  Hockley.
Tours are the second Sunday in the month – January to November. None in December.

 Guided Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery   start at 12 Noon 
Meet above Catacombs via  Vyse Street or  Pitsford Street entrance  at  11.50 am

Guided Tour of  Key Hill Cemetery    start at 2pm –
Meet at Key Hill  Icknield Street gates  at 1.50pm
(Not to be confused with Warstone Lane Icknield Street gates) 

Booking essential  via contact form  please state which cemetery tour , one or both tours . 
How many places you would like to reserve ,  along with your contact details 
Please   note we are all volunteers and your query will be answered in the order it was received.  Please check your junk mail  .  

Tour Fees:
£5.00  per person per cemetery.
Free for children 16 years and under.
Free for members of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.

Events:
Open Days: Heritage open days in the Cemeteries. 
The Jewellery Quarter Festival and History Fairs where we can assist in helping you locate your family plot number. 
Regular clean up days with the Friends  and litter picks with J.Q Cemeteries Project . 

A membership form is available by request should you wish to became a member of the Friends. All proceeds go towards the restoration of the cemeteries & graves.
The Friends are the only group to maintain the Cemeteries, restore headstones as well as researching the lives of those buried in these two historic cemeteries.

Membership Fees:
Single person £10.00 per annum
Family membership  2 adults & children under 16 years  £20.00 per annum

We thank you for supporting the Friends . 

The Burial Records are available to purchase from Midland Ancestors formerly known as the BMSGH at their  online shop for £5.00  each.
https://midland-ancestors.shop/BIRM-Cemeteries

Guided tours at the Jewellery Quarter Festival in 2019 with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery .
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Warstone Lane Cemetery Burial Project 14th & 21st Sept ,4pm-6pm

The Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground Project is busy this month as we try and fit in plenty of memorial recording sessions before the weather turns. In these sessions we are collecting the information to create an archive, based on a digital map, of those buried in the burial grounds of five burial grounds across Birmingham. The inscriptions on the memorials and the stories behind them can be fascinating and unexpected.


Places on the sessions are free, no experience is needed, and we will provide everything you need for the session.

Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground Project Please book your free places by following the links below.

14th September
(Tuesday) Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter
4- 6pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158546198949


21st September
(Tuesday) Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter
4-6pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158546198949

These special places are full of stories …… come and discover some for yourself!

Guided Walking Tour of Warstone Lane Cemetery Sun 12 Sept at 12pm

Guided Tour of Warstone Lane   Sun  12 Sept    2021 at 12 noon 

The final resting place of  John Baskerville , Major Harry Gem , A Gentleman from the Ancient Order of the Druids , James Cooper VC recipient of the Victoria Cross. Edward Warrulan -son of an aboriginal chief , plus a connection to the ship Titanic. 

Conservation -the tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with new railings , footpaths and planting in this Church of England Cemetery .

The Birmingham two tiered Catacombs in Warstone Lane Cemetery C of E , Vyse Street. Image Matt Felkin.

TOUR FEES : £5.00 per person per cemetery includes online booking fee . 

Children under 16 years no charge. All Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times 

Tour of Warstone Lane begin at 12 Noon -Meeting place : In  the cemetery near Catacombs at 11.50 am

Entrances at Vyse Street/   Pitsford Street / Warstone Lane & Icknield Street .

See other event at 2pm for Guided Tour of Key Hill  Cemetery

RAISING FUNDS FOR GRAVE RESTORATION

Online Booking : Warstone Lane Cemetery https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-in-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-tickets-162554034493

Guided Tour of Key Hill Cemetery  Sunday 12  Sept   at 2pm.

The resting place of  Joseph Chamberlain , Alfred Bird, Thomas Avery , William Murphy , John Skirrow Wright , Joseph Tangye, Constance Naden , Harriet Martineau , Marie Bethel Beauclerc , , Rev George Dawson , Henry Palethorpe, Joseph Gilliott, Robert Lucas Chance , William Butler , Thomas Walker , Isaac Horton, James Hinks. 

Conservation -the single tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with new railings , footpaths and planting in this non-denominational cemetery . 

TOUR FEES : £5.00 per person, per cemetery includes online booking fee. 

Children under 16 years no charge. All Children must be always accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult .   

Meeting place : Icknield Street entrance gate in Ickneild Street near Key Hill Circus at 2pm
( Note : both Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery have entrance gates in Ickneild Street )

See other event for guided tour of Warstone Lane at 12 noon.
RAISING FUNDS FOR GRAVE RESTORATION

Online booking : Key Hill Cemetery Tour 12 Sept at 2pm via Eventbrite link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-of-key-hill-cemetery-in-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-hockley-tickets-163483765343


The Non-denominational Key Hill Cemetery & the former Chapel .
The single tiered catacombs are hidden from view . Ickneild Street entrance.

Memorial Recording – Exploring the Stories of Warstone Lane Cemetery Wed 18 Aug – 4pm-6pm

by Celebrating Birmingham Burial Grounds Project

A practical, outdoor session looking at how and why record burial ground memorials.

Burial Grounds are full of stories, of lives long lived and those cut tragically short. They chart the history of our communities, they tell stories of immigration, war and disasters, of fashion and wealth and it is this rich social history we will explore.

Join the Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground s Project in finding out how and why to record memorials and help us capture this important resource of Birmingham’s social history.


This is a practical, outdoor session on a site with a variety of terrain including wide surfaced pathways. This session can accommodate those with additional access needs please contact george@cfga.org.uk if you wish to discuss this with the organiser.

Thanks to our funders (The National Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and The Garifield Weston Foundation) these sessions are free.

This session will be run in accordance with the current government Covid guidance.

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memorial-recording-exploring-the-stories-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-tickets-158546198949?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Raising the cash to rescue the past:

Restoring gravestones in Birmingham’s two oldest cemeteries

The Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project   is   partnering with the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery to raise money to restore gravestones in Birmingham’s two oldest cemeteries.    We are partnering with the Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane to raise money to restore gravestones in Birmingham’s two oldest cemeteries.   They’re not only the final resting place of some of the most important figures in Birmingham’s history. These gravestones also tell stories of Birmingham’s past that might otherwise be forgotten. 

Today the landscapes of both cemeteries are listed on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens in recognition of their great historic importance.

Over the last 17 years, the Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane have successfully raised the funds to restore around ten gravestones every year, but our fundraising efforts have been put on hold because of Covid.  

The Friends who are all volunteers care for these historic cemeteries on behalf of the people of Birmingham and we want to help them in their endeavours. 

This project aims to restore the gravestones to their former glory and protect them for future generations.  

We want to preserve a sense of the past, while allowing the public to take pleasure from these spaces. The cemeteries are, after all, one of the only green spaces in the centre of the city today. 


Mary Showell Rogers died in 1884 and is buried with members of her family in Key Hill Cemetery. The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery uncovered her   grave .

How many gravestones?

Our aspiration is to restore 15 of the most ‘at risk’ gravestones. Each headstone costs between £200 and £300 to repair, so in order to do this we would need at  least £3,500.   

We’d love to restore many more, and our ultimate aim is 20 gravestones, but for now we’re starting with what we believe is an achievable target.

The J.Q Cemeteries  Project are highlighting the work of the Friends more widely to the people of Birmingham (and beyond) and to give you the opportunity to help preserve a key part of our history.    How you can help

The Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project has already successfully carried out much-needed work on the two cemeteries: repairing boundary walls and catacombs, installing new railings, drainage and pathways. Now it’s time to focus on restoring the gravestones, many of which are approaching 200 years old! We need your help to breathe life back into this wonderful landscape. We have plenty of rewards to entice you to make a pledge, a pledge that will secure the fabric of these unique places for the future residents of Birmingham.

Click on link for further details and to view video.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jewellery-quarter-cemeteries-project?tk=610820649ab5a388343ec445e19fd087b7e48bd0





Guided Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery & Key Hill Cemetery, Sunday 8 Aug 2021

Guided Tour of Warstone Lane   Sun  8Aug   2021 at 12 noon



The final resting place of  John Baskerville , Major Harry Gem , A Gentleman from the Ancient Order of the Druids , James Cooper VC recipient of the Victoria Cross. Edward Warrulan -son of an aboriginal king , plus a connection to the ship Titanic.

Conservation -the tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with new railings , footpaths and planting in this Church of England Cemetery .

TOUR FEES : £5.00 per person per cemetery includes online booking fee .

Children under 16 years no charge. All Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times

Tour of Warstone Lane starts at 12 Noon

Meeting place : In  the cemetery near Catacombs at 11.50 am

Entrances at Vyse Street/   Pitsford Street / Warstone Lane & Icknield Street .

Online Booking : Warstone Lane Cemetery Guided Tour via Eventbrite link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-in-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-tickets-162487136399


Image : The tiered catacombs in Warstone Lane Cemetery – Matt Felkin

RAISING FUNDS FOR GRAVE RESTORATION

Guided Tour of Key Hill Cemetery  Sunday 8 Aug  at 2pm.

The resting place of  Joseph Chamberlain , Alfred Bird, Thomas Avery , William Murphy , John Skirrow Wright , Joseph Tangye, Constance Naden , Harriet Martineau , Marie Bethel Beauclerc , , Rev George Dawson , Henry Palethorpe, Joseph Gilliott, Robert Lucas Chance , William Butler , Thomas Walker , Isaac Horton, James Hinks.

Conservation -the single tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with new railings , footpaths and planting in this non-denominational cemetery .

TOUR FEES : £5.00 per person, per cemetery includes online booking fee.

Children under 16 years no charge. All Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times

Meeting place : Icknield Street entrance gate not far from Warstone Lane, Icknield Street entrance.
Online booking : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-of-key-hill-cemetery-in-birmingham-jewellery-quarter-hockley-tickets-163495073165

Key Hill Cemetery Chapel – Key Hill Cemetery formally known as The General Cemetery .

Getting here :

Train and Tram stops at the Jewellery Quarter Station in Vyse Street .

By Bus -the 101 bus   from Colmore Row  to Chamberlain Clock  walk to Vyse Street , see  Sunday service via nxbus.co.uk  and plan my journey https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/plan-your-journey

By Car – Clean Air Zone From 1st June 2021    Birmingham Clean Air Zone WILL YOU NEED TO PAY? Charges are from midnight to midnight.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone started charging on Tuesday 1st June 2021 but estimates predict that 75% of cars will be exempt from charges. The zone, covering the centre of the city , aims to reduce pollution levels and encourage more people to switch to public transport to visit the city centre. It is different to the London congestion charge which charges all vehicles so it’s important that you know whether it applies to you or not.

Check your vehicle here to see if you would be charged: https://www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones

THE Virtual Genealogy Show 2021 Friday 25 & Saturday 26 June

Guest Speakers,   Wizards Corner , Exhibitors

One of THE BEST international Genealogy and Family History Shows is going virtual! This year’s show will be broadcast across the globe, straight to the homes of genealogists of every background and experience level. Packed full of industry-leading speakers and the highest quality exhibitors, THE Genealogy Show 2021 has something for everyone and is not to be missed. 

80+ presentations

48hrs of non-stop talks

Diverse topics to choose from

Speakers from all across the globe

World renowned keynote speaker line up!

Industry leading exhibitors!

One-to-one consultations with expert wizards!

Live chat with other guests!

Articles, games, competitions + much more…

Why not swing by the On-Demand section?

Countless topics to explore!

Worried you might miss a talk going live? We’ve got you covered! Once a video has gone live on the Main Stage, it will also be deposited into the On-Demand section where you can watch the talk at a time that best suits you. With THE Genealogy Show 2021 being extended to a massive 30-day event, this means you’ll be able to keep going back and watch all the talks that take your fancy.

Sit back, relax and enjoy THE Show!

Make your way through the Exhibitor Zone. Our interactive ‘drag n drop’ map makes it even easier to visit all of our fantastic exhibitors.

With exhibitors specialising in all aspects of genealogy… From tracking down your missing ancestors, taking a closer look at DNA and even breathing a bit of life into your old family photos! There’s something for everyone at the Exhibition Zone and should certainly be at the top of your to-do list!

Sit back, relax and enjoy THE Show!

Make your way through the Exhibitor Zone. Our interactive ‘drag n drop’ map makes it even easier to visit all of our fantastic exhibitors.

With exhibitors specialising in all aspects of genealogy… From tracking down your missing ancestors, taking a closer look at DNA and even breathing a bit of life into your old family photos! There’s something for everyone at the Exhibition Zone and should certainly be at the top of your to-do list!

Only £20 per person

Use code: EARLY20 at the checkout 

Get in quick before tickets go back to full price, at £30 per person https://thegenealogyshow.uk/



Memorial recording sessions for Warstone Lane Cemetery

Monday 14th June 4-6pm

Weds 14th July 12-2pm

Weds 18th August 4-6pm

Join the Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Ground Project as we try Memorial Recording again  – hopefully in drier weather this time!

Burial Grounds are full of stories, of lives long lived and those cut tragically short. They chart the history of our communities, they tell stories of immigration, war and disasters, of fashion and wealth and it is this rich social history we will explore.

Find out how and why to record memorials and help us capture this important resource of Birmingham’s social history.

This is a practical, outdoor session on a site with a variety of terrain including wide surfaced pathways.
This session can accommodate those with additional access needs please contact george@cfga.org.uk if you wish to discuss this with the organiser.

All the sessions are bookable via Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memorial-recording-exploring-the-stories-of-warstone-lane-cemetery-tickets-158546198949

Community Litter Pick – Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries

Saturday 10 July -11am-1pm
Thursday 22 July -12 pm -1pm
Saturday 14 Aug – 11am-1pm

Join the JQ Cemeteries Project and Friends of Key Hill Cemetery  and Warstone Lane Cemetery  for a community litter pick to help keep our wonderful cemeteries tidy so everyone can enjoy them this Summer.

We’ll be meeting outside The JQBID booth on The Big Peg on Golden Square each time to pick up our equipment – hi vis vests, litter pickers, bags and gloves provided, before heading over to the cemeteries. All equipment is cleaned before and after each session for your safety.

We will be ensuring that social distancing guidelines are followed to keep everyone safe, and places are limited to avoid overcrowding.
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 please let us know so we can cancel your ticket.
 If you are travelling from outside the Jewellery Quarter please walk, cycle or use your own vehicle if possible. Face coverings are required on public transport.

Please book your place via this link 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-litter-pick-jewellery-quarter-cemeteries-tickets-155496816163

Dawn Chorus walk in Key Hill Cemetery on Saturday the 1st May.

Dawn Chorus walk in Key Hill Cemetery on Saturday the 1st May.
It is and early start at 5am and numbers are limited to 10 participants to fit in with the covid rules. 
It is a free session but to keep within the guidance anyone wishing to come along will need to book via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dawn-chorus-walk-key-hill-cemetery-tickets-148885278877?fbclid=IwAR1PXejU8xYVOZlMGGMjYVo5R1DTlzmTHA5VXybRi1U5MYQMe3nJoShcyK8

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