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Jewellery Quarter restoration project unveils new memorial


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The results of a £2.3m project to restore historic cemeteries in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter were unveiled during a special ceremony this week.


A memorial stone was revealed as part of the new Garden of Memory at Warstone Lane Cemetery, which has also seen its historic catacombs restored as part of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project on 31 August 2021.


The scheme – funded in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council, and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust – also saw restoration works at Key Hill Cemetery.


Josie Wall, Activities Programme Manager for the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project, said: “The unveiling was a chance to celebrate the culmination of two years of restoration work in the cemeteries.


“It was also a great opportunity to look back at all the successes of our activities programme so far and look forward to upcoming events before the project ends in December.”


With Key Hill established in 1836 and Warstone Lane in 1848, these are the city’s oldest garden cemeteries, and both are listed for their historical importance.


This ceremony marked the end of the project’s capital works programme, which saw gates, walls, railings and catacombs restored as well as improvements to the cemeteries’ landscaping, pathways, drainage and chapel footprint garden – including the memorial stone.


Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, who unveiled the memorial stone, added:


”With the transformation of Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries, the stage is now set for a new era for these historic green spaces for the local community, families and visitors to appreciate for many years to come.”


Written by: David Watkins

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