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Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

Coming soon! This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including the National Justice Museum. Families will be able to join the search for Wally at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham as part of the Where’s […]

Curious Collections

Returning Soon! Curious Collections – a series of events that look at the weird and wonderful histories hidden in our collections! See objects not usually on display and discover more about the stories they hide. Upcoming Events 14th & 16th August: ‘The not-so-dandy Highway Man’   21st & 23rd August: The Bow Street Runners & […]

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

More events coming soon. Follow us on social media @justicemuseum for updates! 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, […]

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 […]