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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 […]


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. […]

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 […]