Tom is on his placement from Nottingham Trent University at the National Justice Museum. Here, he blogs about the transformation of the museum as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project.
Nottingham boasts an impressive history; as exemplified through its wide collection of museums and historical sites, and the city itself is presently experiencing an unprecedented growth in the number of visitors it is attracting to its historical landmarks. The Galleries of Justice Museum, located in the historic Lace Market area of Nottingham, is currently in the process of re-development; but the wait for its re-opening (1st April 2017) is generating what can only be regarded as an impatient anticipation. Not only will the museum be physically altering but the name of the museum itself will officially change to the National Justice Museum on the date of its grand reopening, and then onwards will be acknowledged for exhibiting the UK’s largest collection of law, justice, crime and punishment material.
As building work persists, temporary offices and receptions have been occupied but this hasn’t stopped the museum from functioning and instead has arguably only made it flourish. Limited edition tours of the old Edwardian Police Station and Lace Market have been offered to the public as a unique incentive (an opportunity which shouldn’t be missed). Find out about how the police force has transformed over the centuries and delve into the past by exploring the former police cells and offices.
The restoration of the Galleries of Justice has visibly created a buzz around the work place as everyone eagerly anticipates the re-opening, from the reception staff, to the costume interpreters, and from the office staff to the volunteers; all are struggling to resist the temptation of glimpsing a sneak preview of what’s to come. Luckily enough, I myself was able to take a peek at some of the development which has been taking place, and admittedly before venturing on this current placement I had never visited the Galleries of Justice museum before, but now I begin to question myself why I hadn’t! Although there are areas which are visibly in need of restoration, it is evident that the upcoming project at the Galleries of Justice is going to a spectacle not worth missing out on.
The interactive and enjoyable environment is largely made possible due to the performances of costume interpreters who allow visitors to experience a first hand, an intimate representation of how law, crime and justice has transformed over the past centuries. It is an experience which is tailored to the needs of all visitors as the interpreters offer an exhibition which is enlightening yet entertaining for everyone (even appealing for you non-history lovers out there!).
So tell your brothers, your sisters, your grandmas and your grandma’s brothers and sisters about the exciting re-development which is taking place down at the Galleries of Justice museum, and why not visit after the 1st April to view the completed rejuvenation and be amongst the first to experience the new National Justice Museum.