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The Jewellery Quarter Research Trust was established in 2010 by Dick Empson and Doug Wilks following their resignation from the Friends. It was decided that membership should be free and the resources should be available to members and non-members without charge. Dick organised most of the research and researchers but sadly died in 2013 so that task has for now passed to Doug Wilks.

The Jewellery Quarter Research Trust [JQRT] is a not for profit trust whose aim is to research the history and times of people and places in and around Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter particularly the two historic cemeteries at Key Hill and Warstone Lane.

The Grade II* and Grade II cemeteries are an important part of Birmingham's history and heritage but more than that they are a valuable lesson to teach and inspire young and old of the skills and opportunities that still exist in this great city.

The JQRT already provides families, researchers, academics and students with searchable databases, biographical and cultural information and is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to develop and widen its activities.

The cemeteries are the last resting place of eight of Birmingham mayors, of alderman, councillors, M.P.s, industrialists, ministers, politicians, a holder of the Victoria Cross and many hero's 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.


The JQRT works with many other organisations including other trusts, councils, universities, libraries and museums. The JQRT has already created a new database of listed build and is in the process of adding information about Jewellery Quarters churches.