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‘Freed Soul’: the letters of Charlotte Bryant

For Women’s History Month 2021, we’re sharing a collection of letters from our archives. These letters from Charlotte Bryant offer a different view of her controversial case. About the case Charlotte’s arrest and trial for the murder of her husband Frederick created a public frenzy in the 1930s. She was arrested after her husband experienced […]

Justice Week 2021: Covid and the Courts, an interview with His Honour Judge Burgess

For Justice Week 2021, we interviewed His Honour Judge John Burgess from Nottingham’s Crown Court Service about the impact of COVID-19 on legal proceedings in Nottingham. You can read the conversation in full here. Covid-19 and English Courts: An interview with His Honour Judge John Burgess How easy has it been for people to access […]

Ghost Stories with Claire Finn: Halloween Special

Hobnobs, Horror and Levitating Henry Hoovers: A memoir, by Claire Finn     This Halloween, we decided to catch up with our former ghost tour extraordinaire Claire Finn to see whether she had any spooky stories to tell. As it turns out, she has plenty, so we thought we’d share her experiences just in time […]

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Autism and me: a blog by Michael #AutismAwarenessMonth2020

  Hi, my name is Michael. I am one of the educational facilitators at the National Justice Museum. I teach school groups about the history of the justice system and I also do fun and educational activities with them, such as mock trials. I am also Autistic. I was diagnosed at the age of 4 […]

Staying Proud: The History of LGBTQ+ Pride and its Relevance Today

Since humble beginnings in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, Pride has sought to celebrate, unite and provide a platform for the LGBTQ+ community. With so many changes within legislation and human rights, the question has emerged in recent years; why is Pride still relevant? Some argue that the rise in acceptance and […]

National Justice Museum included in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate UK Travel List

We’re delighted that the National Justice Museum has been chosen as one of the 500 top experiences and hidden gems in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. In total, 34 sights and experiences across The Midlands and the Marches feature in the list, including Nottingham pub Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and poet […]

What was the ‘Bloody Code’?

In 1723 a system known as the Bloody Code was established in Britain, which imposed the death penalty for over 200 offences – many of which were surprisingly trivial.  The Waltham Black Act 1723 was brought in as an emergency measure to deal with deer-stealing, and other activities in the royal forests, of men who […]


It’s ‘upside down’ at the City of Caves, this February – because the main entrance to this popular attraction is moving from the upper mall in intu Broadmarsh to the bottom of the steps at the back of Nottingham Contemporary. The change, from 25 February 2019, will enable the City of Caves to remain open […]

Nottingham’s National Justice Museum Receives Prestigious Award

Nottingham’s National Justice Museum has received a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The Sandford Award recognises quality education services at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across Britain. It is managed by Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust. Gill Brailey, Director of Learning for the National Justice Museum said: […]

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Calling All Superhero Fans! The National Justice Museum Needs You

SUPERHEROES is an exciting new summer exhibition opening 28 JULY 2018 Are you a Superhero fan, would you like to participate in the creation of the exhibition? Do you have a favourite Superhero item or a comic book that you would like to lend to us to be displayed alongside your thoughts about what makes […]