National Justice Museum
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The history of justice is brought to life at the National Justice Museum through activities, exhibitions and a huge collection of artefacts.
Based at Nottingham’s old Shire Hall and County Gaol, where there has been a court on site since at least 1375, the National Justice Museum aims to inspire people of all ages to become active citizens, and to learn about their rights and responsibilities.
After a major £1million improvement project, the museum reopened in 2017 under its new name (having previously been the Galleries of Justice Museum), with a wealth of artefacts relating to crime and punishment that had previously been in storage now on show.
In 2017, the museum ran a successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 for a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary life of playwright Joe Orton and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
The museum also looks after its sister venue, the City of Caves, a network of spaces beneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages and including an underground tannery, air raid shelter and remnants of Victorian dwellings. Visitors can take a tour of the caves and learn about those who lived and worked there.
Look out for The Wild Escape at museums and galleries in the next few months. Many have special events, or you can use our audio introduction to help children get involved at any cultural venue.
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