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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. […]

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 […]

Easter at the National Justice Museum

Free Fairy Tale Storytelling Tuesday 7 April: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Thursday 9 April:10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Sunday 12 April: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Tuesday 14 April: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Thursday 16 April:10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Sunday 19 April: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Free […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 2020, 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 […]

Light Night 2020: Glowstick Trials

As part of Nottingham Light Night 2020 we have a fun event for families with children of all ages, running every half hour. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever said?  What’s made you feel guilty in the past?  Put YOUR misdeeds on trial for one night only! The performers […]

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 […]