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The Trial of Guy Fawkes

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. […]

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 […]

Gallows & Gravestones Tour

Friday 30 August & Friday 27 September 2019 Join the prison warden for an eerie walking tour through the historic Lace Market and uncover crimes from Nottingham’s dark past. See the site where an infamous 18th century serial killer lived, visit the graves of St Mary’s Church and gain access to the Gaol’s original Victorian […]

Crime Club

Join us for Crime Club, a chance to discover more about infamous crime cases from history. Join us for one – or all – of the sessions running throughout 2019, and get a free drink included! “A unique and inventive way of educating, entertaining and engaging people with fascinating, gruesome stories of Nottingham’s history… I […]

Tales of Truth and Legend

Welcome to the National Justice Museum! You may already be aware that we’re in Nottingham’s historic Shire Hall, but have you ever wondered about our hidden secrets? Our special new guided tour Tales of Truth and Legend gives VIP access to our secret spaces and little-known stories, including our links with the legend of Robin […]

Ghosts of the Caves Tour

Delve deep into the City of Caves and discover the mysterious hidden stories of the past which lurk under the streets of Nottingham. Uncover the ghostly tales of those who lived in the caves and learn of the spirits which still reside there on this special evening tour. Tour begins at 5.30 pm and lasts […]

Capital Punishment Exhibition

In the emotive Capital Punishment Exhibition, visitors will find out about the kind of crimes that people were executed for and examine the story and key events that led to abolition of public executions in 1868 and of execution altogether in the 1990s. In addition, they will be able to look at various methods of execution, […]

Family Activities Throughout the Museum

During your visit, you will find a range of fun family packs bursting with puzzles and activities relating to exhibitions and locations at the museum. From jigsaws and detective games to true or false crime-related quizzes and maths games, there is plenty for families to enjoy throughout their visit. You can even have a go […]

Children and Young Offenders in Prison Exhibition

This new exhibition examines the history of children and young offenders in prison, from the 18th century to the current day. You will find out how children and young offenders have been punished from the 19th century to the present day and learn about: late 18th and early 19th century reformatory schools and industrial schools […]

Punishments Exhibition

This new exhibition will explore punishments from the medieval times right through to the present day. Focusing on stories relating to items from our collection, you will get an insight into different methods of punishment including prison, public humiliation and transportation. Objects included within the exhibition include gibbet irons, the flogging block from Newgate Gaol […]

Punishment exhibition