© Trent and Peak Archaeology / University of Nottingham
The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham is holding a special archaeological investigation into the dungeons under Shire Hall.
Experts from Trent and Peak Archaeology, based at the University of Nottingham, have started laser scanning in the hope of discovering exactly when these mysterious dungeons were first carved out of the sandstone rock.
"Now is the time to uncover the mystery that surrounds this grim and eerie space and link the site to Nottingham's most famous outlaw," declared Tim Desmond, Chief Executive of the Galleries of Justice Museum.
"We can only wonder, given past paranormal activity, if other-worldly characters will be disturbed by the excavations."
Some walk-through illustrations have been created by the collaboration to give viewers a taste of what can be found under Shire Hall. They can be viewed below:
For Museums at Night 2010, the Galleries of Justice will be taken over by the Villainous Sheriff for a guided tour of the building focusing on the role of the Sheriff in the courts and prison, with a gruesome emphasis on his attendance at executions. He will also talk about some of the real Sheriffs of Nottingham.
The tour will include a special introduction of the Oubliette, deep down in the Sheriff’s dungeon. This will be followed by a curator-led object handling session in the Robin Hood exhibition.
Event runs May 14, 4pm-7pm. Admission £8.75/£6.75. Call 0115 952 0555 to book.