This blog post has been put together by Jessica Sims, one of our student volunteers at the museum.
As many of you may have noticed, the Galleries of Justice museum has gone a bit quiet as of late. This is due to the fact that the museum is currently undergoing an exciting change – thanks to a £1 million donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum is being refurbished, re-polished and re-opened as the National Justice Museum on April 1st, 2017.
However, fear not fans! There are still plenty of exciting things happening, some of which you may not have heard about. That’s why I’ve come to you with a handy blog with all the details you need to get your grizzly, crime fixes in the meantime!
One exciting thing happening during our renovation is that the museum has opened the doors to our historic police station. Usually, the 1905 Police station situated next door to the Galleries of Justice is closed to the general public, but now is your opportunity to go inside for an exciting tour of the premises. This won’t be on for long, so it’s a fantastic time to take a look inside and experience a piece of Nottingham’s history like never before.
The tour even includes the opportunity to learn about the history of the Lace Market with a short walking tour of High Pavement.
Nikita, one of the Galleries of Justice Museum’s costumed interpreters gave me the low down on the Police Tour, saying ‘it really is a fantastic chance to learn some real, historical facts about Nottinghamshire in an interactive and engaging way. Children love the live actors because we bring history to life for them, and we even give people the opportunity to participate in some artefact handling. They can see the police truncheons, whistles, handcuffs…and even have their fingerprints taken to add to the realism. It’s lots of fun for children and adults alike.
As you can see, even during these financially straining times, you can enjoy the unique, local history of Nottinghamshire and treat your family, partner or friends to a fun-packed day out. The prices for the tours are below:
Call 0115 952 0555 to find out more or book online here
In addition to this, we also have a couple of other events that are up and coming for you to get involved in:
To celebrate International Women’s day, the Galleries of Justice Museum are running a free, interactive workshop centred on the themes of women, the law and democracy. This will be taking place in the Transformers room and will run from 12-1pm. There will be opportunities to debate the subjects in question, too, so if you’re looking for something educational and topical to get involved in, feel free to email Naomi at email@example.com to book a place. Places are limited, so get in touch quickly if you’re interested in taking part!
To celebrate British Science week, The City of Caves education team are also running some workshops for schools on the above dates. These workshops will look at various aspects of the caves’ history, such as their structure, how they were formed, and the materials within them. There will also be a chance to explore the caves and put your navigation skills to the test!
As you can see, the museum is still offering lots of interactive tours and events for you to get involved with, so why not visit? I also hope that you’re as excited for the relaunch as I am!
Jess Sims, Regular Museum Volunteer, University of Nottingham