National Justice Museum

National Justice Museum
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Based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade 2 listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol.

The Museum uses original Courtrooms, dungeons and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the website for current and updated opening times

Admission charges

Adult: £10.95
Under 18s: £7.95 (Under 5’s go free)
Students: £9.95
Over 60’s: £9.95
Family ticket: £32.50 (max.2 adults)

Collection details

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

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.

National Justice Museum
High Pavement
Lace Market

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0115 952 0555

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