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The National Justice Museum

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Nottingham’s National Justice Museum is a fantastic local museum dedicated to public education and preserving the history of the area, and there’s something for all ages to enjoy. For youngest members of the family, you’ll find fun activity packs, while older kids can meet and greet some local residents and prisoners, or learn about how children their own ages ended up in prison. It’s a fascinating look at the history of crime, punishment and justice and here’s just a snapshot of the exhibitions and activities on offer.

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Family Activity Trials

Keep your eyes peeled for the range of awesome family activity packs designed to enhance your museum experience. They are absolutely packed with puzzles and other activities, all related to museum exhibitions, including jigsaw puzzles, detective games, true or false quizzes and other games. If you’re really up for a challenge, have a go at Oakum picking – a form of hard labour given to prisoners. Family activities are included within the general admission price (see ticket prices at bottom.)

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The Crime Gallery

The brand new Crime Gallery is suitable for the whole family and has activities and exhibitions related to crime, including fun quizzes and an in-depth look into why people break the law. You can examine famous protests, riots and acts of terror through the ages, view forensic evidence from the Great Train Robbery or just chill out in the Crime Lounge. The Crime Gallery is free to access with general admission.

School Holiday fun

During school holidays, the Museum offers a number of fun activities for kids, including the Free Fairy Tale Trials, a fun fairy tale workshop that puts your favourite characters on trial. Is the Big Bad Wolf really guilty of blowing down the Three Little Pigs’ houses? You be the judge!

The are also free family craft activities in the Crime Gallery during the holidays – come and enjoy block painting, mask making and finger puppets.

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Meet the Residents

One thing is guaranteed at the museum, and that’s meeting number of historical figures, each of whom has an extraordinary story to tell of crime and punishment. There’s Elizabeth Fry, a prison reformist who worked hard to change and improve appalling prisoner conditions and ended up on the UK £5 notes. You’ll meet another prison reformer, John Howard, plus Dr Massey, a gaol medical officer with some gruesome stories to tell about diseases and prison conditions. Hear from a true prison escapist, Joanna Ledgwick, who managed to avoid deportation to Australia by escaping from prison in 1831.

Ghost Tours

Children aged 12 and over can take an eerie tour of the UK’s most haunted building on this character-led tour! Learn about the lives of the condemned and witness paranormal experiences. Warning – it’s not for the faint hearted, and teens under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn about the history of children and young offenders in prison

I can’t recall how many times my mum would tell me I would get locked up by a policeman when I was naughty. Back in the 18th century, children would actually get locked up in prisons for various offences. The National Justice Museum currently has a new exhibition dedicated to the history of children and young offenders in prison, from the 18th century to the present, including how young offenders were punished in the past. The exhibition is included in the price of general admission tickets.

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Women in Prison

This exhibition is all about women in the prison system, from the 18th century to today. Learn about the treatment of female inmates, the role of women and their experiences at this fascinating insight. This exhibition is included in the price of general admission tickets.

The National Justice Museum also welcomes school groups (including home-schooled children) and uses courtrooms, objects and archives to help students learn about the law and justice system in the UK.

Essential Information
National Justice Museum
The Lace Market, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
0115 952 0555
Website: http://www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk
Cost: Adults £10.95, over 60s £9.95, students with a valid NUS card £9.95, under 18s £7.95, under 5s Free, family ticket for 4 people (max 2 adults) £32.50
Opening hours: Weekdays 9am to 5:30pm, weekends 10am to 5:30pm

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