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Galleries of Justice Museum

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Shire Hall, High Pavement
The Lace Market

A fun filled attraction, this museum of crime and punishment also talks about Nottingham's horrible history and is the home of the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

With ever changing exhibitions, currently consisting of:
Robin Hood: The legendary outlaw returns
Dr Isaac Massey's curious crimes.

Coming Soon: Convict Ship, A journey into the unknown. An interactive exhibition for all the family particularly designed for Children with special educational needs.

The Galleries of Justice gives you an unrivalled tour through three centuries of crime, punishment and law. Located in and around the magnificent Shire Hall, a grade II listed site comprising two Victorian courtrooms, an 1800 prison, prisoners exercise yard, cave cells (known as the pits!), an 1833 prison, women's prison with bath house and laundry,

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medieval cave system and an Edwardian police station.

Costumed interpreters bring the whole experience to life, showing you exactly how the law has developed over the years. The entire approach is hands-on, whether it be having your fingerprints taken, laundry duty or bedding down in a police cell for the night - the choice may not be yours!

Crime & Punishment Galleries

In this exciting and interactive exhibition, you will experience how the splendour of the Victorian courtroom was matched only by the harshness of life in gaol with real warders and hands-on exhibits. Discover the hard work prisoners were given to do, explore the man-made caves and examine the 19th Century graffiti on the walls of the exercise yard. Hard labour is the order of the day in the laundry where you are encouraged to get to grips with dolly tubs and washboards, under the watchful eye of the gaoler.

In the Transportation Gallery you can re-live the experiences of transported prisoners as they journeyed to a new continent.

In the Youth Gallery discover the many ways in which young people have expressed their identity throughout history. Investigate youth culture and fads ranging from Roman times to the present day and consider the impact that this has had and will continue to have on peoples' views of society.

In the Civil Law Gallery discover the

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many ways in which the law impacts upon our daily lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

HM Prison Service Collection

The NCCL Galleries of Justice is the new home for the HM Prison Service Collection. This amazing and exciting exhibition, previously held under lock and key, is now on permanent display in the 1833 wing with never-before-seen artefacts from prisons across the country. Now you have the chance to experience some of Britain's most gruesome, yet often touching reminders, of what prison life would have been like for inmates and prison staff.

Further Information:

  • Education - The museum offers an exciting cross-curricular programme for all key stages, please enquire for details.

  • Research - The library is open, by appointment, for access to the collections and reference books relating to the law.
  • Corporate Hospitality - A superb range of facilities for a unique corporate event.
  • Museum Shop - Choose from a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.
  • Refreshments - Snacks, cream teas and a wide variety of hot meals are available from the Judge's Pantry. Courtyard café open in the summer months.
  • Lifts and ramps give over 80% wheelchair access throughout the museum. Disabled toilets.
  • Baby change facilities.

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  • Directions

    By Road:
    Follow brown & white tourist signs for Galleries of Justice, parking is available in any of the multi-storey car parks.

    Public Transport: Broadmarsh bus station - 5 minutes walk.
    The Lace Market Tram stop 3 minutes walk.

    Galleries of Justice Museum Postcode for SatNav: NG1 1HN


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