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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 […]


National Lottery #ThanksToYou

To say thank you to National Lottery players, the National Justice Museum will offer free entry to the Museum for the first 25 people who book with a National lottery ticket on Monday 25 November 2019 . Terms and conditions: Free entry available to the first 25 visitors on Monday 25 November 2019. One National […]


Halloween events for all

The National Justice Museum is hosting a variety of Halloween events for all ages throughout October. Fright Nights The year is 1827. Body-snatchers have been ransacking local grave yards in search of fresh cadavers to sell to Nottingham’s medical schools. However, as of late, one resurrectionist has been seen making late night visits to the […]


Fright Nights

The year is 1827. Body-snatchers have been ransacking local grave yards in search of fresh cadavers to sell to Nottingham’s medical schools. However, as of late, one resurrectionist has been seen making late night visits to the County Gaol, where it is rumored a live-in surgeon has been making horrific “medical adjustments” to the inmates… […]


New Year’s Eve: Murder! At The Masquerade

The year is 1783, and Nottingham is a city of divides. As the year passes from 1783 to 1784, what counts as Nottingham’s ‘High Society’ gather in the Shire Hall for an evening of debauchery. Relatives of scoundrels, beautiful courtesans, con men, industrialists and worse. All gather to hear the bells of St Mary’s Church […]


The Trial of Guy Fawkes: An Autism Friendly Event

This Bonfire Night, why not join us for something a little different? The National Justice Museum is proud to host its first event designed around the needs of autistic people. Come and meet the legendary Guy Fawkes, take a short tour of our punishment gallery and see a silent firework display in our historic Shire Hall. […]


Washing, Dancing, Singing: Women Living and Working in Prison

18 November 2019 – 2 February 2020 These poignant photographs, on display for the first time, were taken in several UK prisons from 140 years ago to the 1980s. They arrived in our museum collection with little provenance and we wondered how these emotive pictures could be shared when we knew so little about them. […]


Bouncing off Walls

Bouncing off Walls will be a durational performance taking part on 26, 28 and 29 June from 11:00 – 4pm. During this time artist Nisa Khan will bounce thousands of metres of jute twine off the walls of a former prison cell. As the coils of twine unravel, they’ll fill the cell with an abundance of material like […]