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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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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


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


Select dates April - September 2024

Guilty?! - A National Justice…

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

Make It Yours


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


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


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


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.