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From events including issues-focused free exhibitions and stimulating free workshops, join the discussions, gain valuable insights and enjoy a fun and memorable experience. We also have regular daily performances - click here to find out more.

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Exhibition:

Saturday 10 February - Sunday 3 November 2024

Juvenile In Justice

Our latest exhibition, ‘Juvenile In Justice’, is an exploration of the lives of young people living in prison, made in collaboration with Californian artist and activist, Richard Ross

Project Lab

Exhibition:

Until Sunday 21 July 2024

Project Lab - Re-Present

Building on their research with university students across England and Scotland who have a criminal record, this Project Lab presents the work of Dr Helena Gosling and Sarah MacLennan.

Photography contest

Exhibition, Competition:

Submissions open until Sunday 15 September

Picture This: Hope

‘Picture This: Hope is’ a new free to enter, black and white photography exhibition and competition. We invite photographers from across the UK, whether professional or aspiring, to submit their…

Escape Room

Event:

Select dates April - September 2024

Guilty?! - A National Justice…

A brand-new multiple-choice escape room from the National Justice Museum!

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 19 July, 10am-12pm

Being Human

Inspired by our Project Lab and current exhibition, artist, Clare Taylor will guide you through the process of creating a clay selfie.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 26 July, 10am-12pm

Watery Journaling

A journaling circle and meditation workshop with art Witch, Wingshan Smith using elements of nature to craft protective symbols for everyday use.

Project Lab

Workshop:

Saturday 27 July, 10-11:30am

Words We Live By: A Guide to…

Join Dr Lucy Jones between 10-11.30 before Nottingham Pride to find out more information on the new glossary as part of the Words We Live By: A Guide to LGBTQ+ Language Launch, plus free cake!

Crime Club

Crime talk

Event:

Wednesday 31 July, 6pm - 8pm

A Day In Court

The Assizes were held three times a year in the Nottinghamshire County Courts, here at the Shire Hall. The Judges travelled around the country and saw the felons awaiting trial.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 2 August, 10am-12pm

Mascots of Hope

Cut, sew, stick, and create with storyteller and artist Alison Solomon and make a cuddly toy from cast-off socks and gloves.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 9 August, 10am-12pm

Social Change Word Collages

With poet Leanne Moden you will be gently guided through a creative writing session to make an inspired word-based collage.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 16 August, 10am-12pm

From Handcuffs and Ankle-tags…

In this bracelet-making workshop with Michelle Hubbard, you will identify words of positivity, as a reminder of the privilege of freedom.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 23 August, 10am-12pm

Collective imagining through…

Small intimate sculpting workshop, looking at intuitive ways of furnishing everyday environments with Klara Szafranska. This workshop will reimagine personal objects.

Cocktails and Crime

Murder Mystery

Event:

Saturday 24 August 2024, 7pm

Dead to Writes - Cocktails &…

Travel back in time this August Bank Holiday weekend with our brand new 1950s-themed murder mystery.

Make It Yours

Workshop:

Friday 30 August, 10am-12pm

Discover Your Surroundings

A mindful and experimental photography workshop exploring black and white photography with socially engaged artist and Co-production Creative Leader Ismail Khokon.

Ghost Tour

Halloween

Event:

Select dates from Saturday 21 September to 23 November 6pm

Ghosts of the Gaol

Retrace the steps of those who were locked away here, uncover eerie tales from staff and visitors alike, and learn of the many paranormal experiences reported within this historic building.

Crime Club

Crime talk

Event:

Wednesday 2 October, 6pm - 8pm

The Nottingham Witch Finder

Join us for the spooky season edition of Crime Club as our Head Historic Interpreter delves into Nottingham’s past connection to witchcraft.

Halloween

Event:

Friday 25 - Saturday 26 & Wednesday 30 October - Saturday 2 November 2024, 6pm & 7pm

Victorian Condemned

Victorian Condemned. Discover the disturbing true crimes that landed people in our gaol throughout the Victorian era, on this special spooky season guided tour through October and November.

Halloween

Event:

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 October, Wednesday 30 October- Saturday 2 November 2024, 5pm

Kids' Ghost Hunter Tours

Kids Ghost Hunter Tours. Catch the pesky ghosts this October and November at the National Justice Museum.

Crime Club

Crime talk

Event:

Thursday 14 November, 6pm - 8pm

Edwardian Criminals

Join us for the final Crime Club of 2024, as our Head Historic Interpreter discovers the criminals that walked our streets during the short-lived Edwardian era.

Murder Mystery

Christmas

Event:

Thursday 28 November - Saturday 21 December 2024, 6.30pm

The Spirit of Solstice: A…

Join this festive evening of intrigue, accusations and suspicion – complete with cocktails, dinner and laughter.