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Exciting volunteer opportunities at the National Justice Museum

The National Justice Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages and skills to help it continue to deliver a first-rate experience to. The museum and charity (formerly the Galleries of Justice Museum) opened its doors earlier this year after a £1 million redevelopment and these roles will offer volunteers a great way to gain […]


6 Things About English History That Will Make You Say “Really?”

Students from Nottingham Trent University, who recently took part in the Grads 4 Notts 2017 scheme have written the below blog post based on their findings whilst on placement at the museum. The blog reveals some interesting facts about Nottingham’s history!  Some things about British History will make you do a double take. 1. There are over […]


William Saville -Personal Profile, Crime and Trial

The tragedy that occurred in the crowd at the public execution of William Saville, on the steps of the Shire Hall on 8th August 1844, is one of the most notorious and shocking events in Nottingham’s history of crime and punishment, perhaps even more shocking than the murders Saville committed. On the 173rd anniversary of […]


The Trial of Glover and Chettle 3rd August 1816

On 3rd August 1816, a particularly dramatic trial took place at the Shire Hall, now the National Justice Museum. It was the trial of two Luddites who were acquitted of machine breaking – a capital offence at the time. But were they acquitted because of the witnesses who spoke in their defence, or the pressure […]

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National Justice Museum secures National Portfolio investment from Arts Council

The National Justice Museum is celebrating as Arts Council England announces it is one of only six museums within the East Midlands to receive National Portfolio support. Arts Council’s National Portfolio provides investment in arts and cultural organisations across England of all sizes and scales, that will bring new energy to the sector and reach […]

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Successful Art Happens campaign will create an exhibition on Joe Orton at the National Justice Museum this summer

The National Justice Museum is celebrating after successfully raising £10,000 required to create its next special exhibition – Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton. The museum, which tells the story of justice through time, will for the first time examine the challenging role of crime in Orton’s life and work. National charity Art […]


Should the Voting Age be Lowered?

Nottingham Trent University students Mia Penny and Beckie Chaddock have been undertaking placements at the National Justice Museum. One of the stories the museum tells is the struggle for civil rights, including voting rights. This is just as important to the history and development of the legal system, and its relevance today, as the stories […]

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Law And Justice Learning comes alive with new National Justice Museum Education Programme

Registered charity, National Justice Museum has launched a new education programme suitable for all ages. Since relaunching as National Justice Museum Education in April 2017, over 2000 students have already taken part in innovative courtroom and museum workshops led by the charity. National Justice Museum Education, formerly the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, […]


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. […]