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Interview with Dr Emma Parker and Bev Baker

For Joe Orton: Discover the man behind the drama by National Justice Museum Tim Desmond 1. Tell us a little about your career background and your current roles? Dr Emma Parker: I am Associate Professor in English at the University of Leicester. My research focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in post-war literature, especially […]


New AIM Biffa Award Funded Exhibitions Will Tell The Stories Of Historic Figures From Engineering And Science

AIM Biffa Award have just announced the first round of projects to be supported by the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Sharing a fund of £170,000, each project will tell the story of their chosen historical figure and how their work and achievements have shaped the world we live in today. […]


Crowdfunding Reward highlight

In 1962, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell were both sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for ‘malicious damage’ to numerous Islington Public Library book dust jackets. Even by today’s standards this seemed a harsh sentence and later Orton commented that the court had realised they were gay and that the severity of the sentence was ‘because we […]


Guilty of high quality educational visits? We hope so!

Have you been inspired by one of our educational visits? Vote for us in the second annual School Travel Awards!  The School Travel Awards recognise the best venues, attractions and companies for school trips, helping teachers to organise first class educational experiences outside the classroom. The awards reflect everything that is exceptional in the field […]


Interview with Joe Orton’s nephew, artist David Lock

For Joe Orton: Discover the man behind the drama by National Justice Museum Q. What drew you to becoming a portrait artist? A. I have always been interested in representing the human condition. In that sense, I don’t see myself as a portrait painter per se, rather I’m more interested in exploring masculinities in contemporary […]


Five great reasons to support our crowdfunding campaign

1. To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most talented playwrights, Joe Orton and mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Just two weeks before Joe’s death, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was introduced by Parliament. 2. Help us to create an exhibition that pays homage to Joe’s […]


The New National Justice Museum Launches Its First Crowdfunding Campaign to Celebrate Playwright Joe Orton

The National Justice Museum launches its first-ever crowdfunding campaign on 9 May 2017. The museum is hoping to raise £10,000 as part of an Art Happens campaign to help create a special exhibition exploring for the first time the fascinating role of crime in Joe Orton’s life and work.  Titled Crimes of Passion: The Story […]


National Justice Museum seeking volunteers to support the Pop-Up Court

The National Justice Museum is seeking volunteers with an interest in arts, heritage and education to help them design and create brand new outreach educational sessions for schools. Volunteer Associates will be part of an exciting new schools outreach project ‘Creative Court UK’ which is funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. Associate volunteer […]


Creative Court UK: An arts-led project exploring Justice and the Law

Creative Court UK: An arts-led project exploring Justice and the Law Blog by Dr. Rebekah Wood Outreach Education Project Manager In 2014 the Arts Council launched its 10-year strategy to provide ‘Great Art for Everyone’. As part of this launch, Peter Bazelgette the chair of Arts Council England gave a seminal talk about the fundamental […]


Whitemoor Academy visit the National Justice Museum

This blog is written by Tom Myatt who is on placement at the museum from Nottingham Trent University.  Whitemoor Academy were recently welcomed to the National Justice Museum for an educational project supported by Aspire Nottingham. Aspire Education Business Partnership brings together Nottingham’s schools and businesses to help prepare young people for the world of […]