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‘Prison Is, Prison Isn’t and Prisonisms’

After closely monitoring advice issued by the UK Government, and assessing the needs of loved ones, service workers, and care workers due to attend the ‘Prison Is, Prison Isn’t and Prisonisms’  talk at the National Justice Museum on Wednesday 18 March 2020, it has regrettably been decided that this talk should be postponed. This is […]


Constraint Restraint Celebration Event

Join us to celebrate a new coproduced exhibition full of art and objects that together explore ideas of constraint and restraint About this Event We’re thrilled to share historic objects from the museum’s collection, together with creative responses by Liz Atkin, Lisa Selby, Elliot Murawski, Nisa Khan and Feng-Ru Lee.  During the evening hear a powerful song of freedom by our special guest Veronica […]


Nottingham’s Great Escape Tour

Join us for a journey around the County Gaol and visit the locations where past inmates tried to escape through devious means. Hear the stories of desperate flights for freedom and discover the extremes gaolers would go to in order to prevent a breakout. Would you make it out? Running every day. Included in Museum admission price. Tours run every day at 10.30am and 3.30pm. […]


Breakfast with National Justice Museum

After closely monitoring recent advice issued by the UK Government around the emerging Covid 19 situation nationally, it has regrettably been decided that the Catena networking breakfast event at the National Justice Museum on Thursday 26 March 2020, should be postponed. We know this postponement will be disappointing for you and we apologise for any […]


Constraint Restraint Exhibition

Objects that symbolise restraint and constraint are the foundation of this thought-provoking, coproduced exhibition. You’ll see handcuffs, keys, locks and prison cell doors from the museum collection presented in multiples, alongside powerful anxiety drawings by international artist Liz Atkin and some surprising contemporary donations. Look out for creative responses by Feng-Ru Lee, Priya Mistry, Nisa Khan, @bluebaglife #ConstraintRestraint View our […]


Arts Award at the National Justice Museum – Free Event

This event is FREE, however there is limited availability so book early to secure your place! During the week young people will explore both the National Justice Museum and the Nottingham Contemporary, take part in creative workshops, exhibit their own work and achieve their Explore Arts Award certificate. The week in detail: Tuesday We will […]


Walk the Talk: Lace Market Tour

Meet outside the National Justice Museum at 10.45pm. Walk the Talk is a series of themed community walks, exploring social issues whilst walking through urban or natural landscapes across Nottingham. A historical walk through the Lace Market, exploring Crime, Law and Freedom from both past and present day perspectives. In partnership with Communities Inc and […]


Criminal Quilts: Embroidered Images Workshop

Working with Criminal Quilts artist Ruth Singer, you will have the chance to try some of the techniques she uses to create her Criminal Quilts artworks. In this workshop you will learn how to embroider and embellish onto digital prints and screen prints of archive photos from Stafford Prison. You will learn some new embroidery […]


Criminal Quilts

Criminal Quilts is an exhibition of textile artworks and research created by Ruth Singer inspired by photographs and documents relating to women held in Stafford Prison 1877-1916. Ruth created this work during her Artist in Residence at Staffordshire Record Office, and working with volunteers and communities to explore stories of the female criminals. The exhibition […]


Friends of the National Justice Museum

As an independent Museum we receive no local authority funding. We rely on people like you helping us to continue our work. We are immensely grateful for your support. Without you, we simply couldn’t deliver our amazing education programme, provide free community workshops and exhibition spaces, or be able to care for this beautiful historic building. On Thursday 7 November […]