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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 more people in more places than ever before, helping Arts Council to achieve its mission of great art and culture for everyone.

The National Justice Museum will use its investment to deliver a wide range of activities including new special exhibitions, commissioned artists and increased opportunities for children, young people and adults to learn about the law through a company of diverse storytellers who will explore both the historical and contemporary themes of justice and the law, in new and exciting ways.

Tim Desmond, CEO of the National Justice Museum said: ‘We are delighted to join the National Portfolio; it is real validation of our new identity as the National Justice Museum, a diverse cultural charity with an ambition to provide equal opportunity for all to learn about the law through contemporary and historic stories.’

From April 2018 until March 2022, Arts Council will invest £146 million in museums across England as part of the National Portfolio.

In order to become a National Portfolio Organisation, arts and cultural organisations were required to demonstrate their ability to deliver and support Arts Council’s goals which include: excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries; everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries and every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: ‘The National Justice Museum provides opportunities for everyone to learn about law and the justice system, as well as providing an extensive educational programme for children and young people. We’re delighted to be welcoming them into the national portfolio and it’ll be great to see the museum continue to work with local community groups in the heart of Nottingham.’

Notes to Editors:

The National Justice Museum is based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol. Their impressive collection consists of over 40,000 objects and archives, making it the UK’s largest collection relating to crime and punishment. It is an independent museum and a registered charity (number 1030554). The organisation helps people to gain a practical understanding of the law and justice system and is a leader in public legal education, delivering learning activities in Nottingham as well as at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and at working courtrooms in the North West. The museum’s sister attraction, City of Caves is located in Nottingham’s intu Broadmarsh centre.

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