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Creative Workshops: Ingenuity Project

Creative Workshops: Ingenuity Project


Get involved with our upcoming 'Ingenuity' project

The National Justice Museum has launched a series of creative workshops to celebrate creative’Ingenuity’. We are encouraging families or individuals who have been affected by prison to take part. Find out more about the project below:


This project explores our historic collection of intriguing objects crafted by people in prison. The collection comprises of decorative, playful and functional objects, and includes several beautiful soap carvings. These mini sculptures are made from government issue soap, with unconventional tools, a finger nail  and some imagination to carve it with. The human ingenuity of the maker in creating these unique objects is what we want to capture by working with you, to shape a contemporary response to these fascinating objects.

soap carving made in prison

The National Justice Museum are working with communities of people in prison and affected by prison on this project. During ongoing social contact restrictions we’re trialling ingenious ways to stay creatively connected with you! The museum is looking to connect with small groups of people or individuals that have lived experience of prison, or families that have been affected by having a loved one incarcerated. Would you like to receive a creative pack with the materials and tools to make your own carved soap portrait? Then simply request a pack by emailing  michelle.hubbard@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk.


The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is run by the Museums Association, funding projects that develop collections to achieve social impact. Since its launch in 2011, it has awarded 101 projects with grants totaling nearly £8.4 in 16 funding rounds. Between 2017 and 2019 it is offering a total of £3.5m in grants to Museums Association members, as well as providing events and resources for the whole sector. www.museumsassociation.org/collections


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