Galleries of Justice Museum

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The Galleries of Justice Museum is a heritage site housed in the old Shire Hall in Nottingham’s Lace Market and made up of a range of Victorian courtrooms, an 18th century prison and Edwardian Police station. For centuries citizens of the local community were locked up in the prison, stripped of their civil liberties in the courtroom and sometimes lost their lives, on the gallows of the front steps.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the website for current and updated opening times

Admission charges

Adults: £8.95
Children and Concessions: £6.95
Family: £24.95

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Law and Order, Social History, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Prison rules at the Galleries of Justice Museum

A Prisoner's Tale

  • 14 May 2015 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm

Explore the lost souls of former condemned prisoners Mary Voce and John Fenton, who were tried, convicted and executed on this site as they guide you through the dark passages of the notorious county Gaol! You will be taken on a journey of Nottingham’s horrible history to explore our caves, cells and underground dungeons in this interactive tour. Discover years of local heritage and the darkest events that once took place here. Prisoner Tale Tours will run at the following times: 5:00pm, 6:00pm & 7:00pm and last approx. 1 hour.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets: £5 per person

Ghost Tour at the Galleries of Justice Museum

Ghost Tour

  • 15 May 2015 5-6pm, 6-7pm

Enter a place that is always dark; where you may experience paranormal shocks, sounds and unexplained sensations! Dare you enter the most haunted building in the UK for Museums At Night 2015?

Starting in the eerie setting of our 250 year old grand Shire Hall, you will be met by the teller of tales, keeper of secrets and guardian of ghosts. Beneath you lay the rotting corpses of the rich and poor in external slumber, only to be called from their repose by the voice of Lilith! Souls, linger awaiting the chance to have their stories told – whether taking linen, taking a candlestick or taking a man’s life, you are guilty and sentenced to be executed!

But you better listen carefully…

As you wander the dark and eerie haunted corridors of Nottinghamshire’s Old Shire Hall and County Gaol, who else will you meet on your journey where the past comes back to life?

Not for the faint hearted.

Bar available on the night, open from 5:15pm. Booking advisable but you can turn up on the night – subject to availability.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£9.50 per person


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Narrow Marsh: Queen Victoria's Back Yard

Narrow Marsh is a dramatic interpretation of Victorian life where children will be intrigued, excited and surprised. Step inside our Victorian narrative and become one of the characters who lived and worked in Narrow Marsh, exploring the space through interactive activities, drama and role-play.
During your visit your group will become Victorian children discovering clues about their characters, acting out events and scenarios and making choices and decisions along the way. They will use their imagination to create their own experiences of Victorian Nottingham; developing and challenging their understanding of the period.

Contemporary mock trial: Paul's story

A young graffiti artist has been charged with criminal damage. The trial helps young people understand the workings of the Youth Court and the Young Offender’s Panel and how crime can affect everyone it touches from the offender, to his family and the victim.

Contemporary mock trial: Scott Green

As a result of a party at his girlfriends Scott finds himself charged with supplying drugs. This Crown Court trial explores the law relating to drugs and so deals with citizenship, personal, social and health issues.

Evening Ghost Tours

Following the success of our overnight ghost investigations we will be holding an evening Ghost Tour on the first Monday of every month. Group bookings are also welcome.

How to obtain

Evening Ghost Tour costs £8.95 per person. Booking is essential. For more information please email Gina Thomson on or call 0115 9520555.

Mock trial: Luddites in the dock

It is 1812. Revolutionary new machines are appearing in textile mills all over the North of England. The threat to jobs has led to violent night-time raids by Luddites who fear poverty and unemployment. Daniel Diggle stands charged with attempted murder after his ex-employer was shot and left for dead… Found guilty, was justice done by Diggle or was he set up? What will your jury decide?

Mock trial: Reform Bill Rioters in the Dock

It is 1831. England is in uproar as the Reform Bill riots erupt all over the country. In Nottingham the castle lies in ashes. Reform Bill rioters pack the cells of the gaol and Valentine Marshall stands trial as a ringleader. Guilty! He was transported to Australia. Was justice done or did politics prevail? Will your jury give Marshall a fairer hearing the second time round?

Mock trial: Suffragettes in the Dock

It is March 1914. The Suffragettes have been campaigning for equal rights for women since 1903. Three Suffragettes are charged with inciting a riot after their peaceful protest got out of hand. Found guilty, were they made an example of because of their beliefs or did they get a fair trial? What will your jury do? Be sympathetic to their cause or treat them as a threat to society?

Object handling

Support your visit to Narrow Marsh with an object handling session where pupils can feel, explore and try on a wide selection of objects and items on a crime & punishment theme. Children will develop their skills of historical enquiry and investigation as they engage with our handling collection.

Reform School

Journey back into the 19th century and experience the strict regime of a Victorian Reformatory School. How will your group cope with a lesson with the stony faced Miss Price.

Victorian children mock trial

Was it hunger or greed? Re-enact the trials of real life child criminals in our imposing Victorian Courtroom and decide for yourselves. Pupils will have an insight into the darker side of Victorian society as they take a look through the eyes of judge, jury, victim and accused.