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Jewellery Quarter Research Trust

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Who we are

Jewellery Quarter Research Trust is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2009 out of the passion to discover and share Birmingham's rich heritage. Our aim is to research the history and times of people and places in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and share this with the public. We provide families, researchers, academics and students with biographical and cultural information as well as tours and activities. We collaborate with many other organisations including trusts, councils, universities, libraries and museums. Our events programme celebrates the exciting and important stories of our beloved JQ and invites you to be a part of them.


We specialise in the history and records of the two Jewellery Quarter cemeteries: Key Hill and Warstone Lane.     The Grade II* and Grade II cemeteries are an important part of Birmingham's history and heritage. Opened  by non-conformist businessmen in 1836, Key Hill was Birmingham's first nondenominational cemetery and seeing its financial success, another group of businessmen subscribed to the opening of a Church of England cemetery at Warstone Lane 11 years later. 


The cemeteries are the last resting place of nine Birmingham mayors, of alderman, councillors, M.P.s, industrialists, ministers, politicians, a holder of the Victoria Cross and many heroes of war and of reform, a British royal ancestor and the son of an aboriginal king, and of tens of thousands of people who, by their skills and determination helped make Birmingham the great city it is today. Find out more on our 'Research and Records' page. 


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