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Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Grounds

Funder; Historic England
Project duration; October 2019 to November 2022

This project focuses on the social history to be discovered and shared by exploring 5 burial grounds in Birmingham which are:

  • Key Hill Cemetery
  • Warstone Lane Cemetery
  • St Mary’s Churchyard, Handsworth.
  • Brandwood End Cemetery
  • St Barnabas Closed Churchyard

Using a bespoke digital system we will map the 5 sites and run a series of events encouraging volunteers to help to survey the monument inscriptions, the social history to be uncovered within the Birmingham Archive and the biodiversity.

Events & Activities

Each month there are recording sessions in each of the four burial grounds we are currently working in.   There are also data entry sessions for each site where we add the collected information on to the digital maps to create a searchable archive for that burial ground.  Times of he sessions vary to accommodate as many people who want to take part as possible.

Please click in the links below for the programme of sessions, information and booking.

Programme for all sessions for Brandwood End Cemetery
Programme for all sessions in Handsworth
Programme of all sessions in the Jewellery Quarter

There are additional Bioblitz and other biodiversity events taking place.  Please take a look at our Events Calendar  or the individual programmes above for more details.

Project Newsletters

Project Newsletter Spring 2022

Project Newsletter – October 2021

Filmed Talks

The Celebrating Birmingham’s Burial Grounds Project ran an afternoon of talks on subjects around this burial ground mapping and recording project on Saturday 20th November at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute in central Birmingham.

Speakers Included;

  • Harold Mytum, Professor of Archaeology at University of Liverpool. Harold is a leading expert on the study of graveyard memorials and author of several books and numerous papers.
  • Josie Wall is the Activities Programme Manager for the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project and a PhD student at the University of Birmingham.
  • Colin Fenn, Vice Chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends.

A recording of the talks can be found here Stories from the Stones Films we apologise for the sound quality on some of the presentation.