This £2.3 million restoration to Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries is funded through a partnership between Birmingham City Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust. The works will include extensive restoration work undertaken to the catacombs, major boundaries and surrounding footpaths.
They are Birmingham’s two oldest cemeteries with Key Hill opening in 1836 and Warstone Lane in 1848 and have provided a final resting place for many notable Birmingham figures. The landscapes of both cemeteries are listed on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens in recognition of their great historic importance. This project aims to restore them to their former glory and protect them for future generations.
Alongside the restoration work, there will also be an extensive programme of events celebrating the heritage, natural environment and community value of the cemeteries.
The key aims of the project are:
- To change perception of the cemeteries and raise awareness of their historical importance
- To get more people to visit the cemeteries and become actively engaged with the project
- To add to the ‘sense of place’ in the JQ, boosting pride and confidence in the area
- To build strong partnerships with local residents, business and communities
- To provide new resources for education and life-long learning about nature and heritage.
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