Student blog post: What’s on whilst the museum is under refurbishment?

What’s on whilst the Galleries of Justice Museum is under refurbishment? 

This blog post has been put together by Jessica Sims, one of our student volunteers at the museum.

As many of you may have noticed, the Galleries of Justice museum has gone a bit quiet as of late. This is due to the fact that the museum is currently undergoing an exciting change – thanks to a £1 million donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum is being refurbished, re-polished and re-opened as the National Justice Museum on April 1st, 2017.

However, fear not fans! There are still plenty of exciting things happening, some of which you may not have heard about. That’s why I’ve come to you with a handy blog with all the details you need to get your grizzly, crime fixes in the meantime!

Edwardian Police Station Tours

One exciting thing happening during our renovation is that the museum has opened the doors to our historic police station. Usually, the 1905 Police station situated next door to the Galleries of Justice is closed to the general public, but now is your opportunity to go inside for an exciting tour of the premises. This won’t be on for long, so it’s a fantastic time to take a look inside and experience a piece of Nottingham’s history like never before.

  • Learn of the crimes of William Saville and the horrific consequences surrounding his execution
  • Find out about the Luddites, the Grave robbers of Saint Mary’s Church, and much more
  • Take an exclusive peek inside the station’s cells

The tour even includes the opportunity to learn about the history of the Lace Market with a short walking tour of High Pavement.

Nikita, one of the Galleries of Justice Museum’s costumed interpreters gave me the low down on the Police Tour, saying ‘it really is a fantastic chance to learn some real, historical facts about Nottinghamshire in an interactive and engaging way. Children love the live actors because we bring history to life for them, and we even give people the opportunity to participate in some artefact handling. They can see the police truncheons, whistles, handcuffs…and even have their fingerprints taken to add to the realism. It’s lots of fun for children and adults alike.’

Figure 1 Nikita, one of our live actors, ready for action!

 

Figure 3 one of the prison cells where some of our most notorious offenders were detained

Figure 2 just some of the many artefacts at the station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, even during these financially straining times, you can enjoy the unique, local history of Nottinghamshire and treat your family, partner or friends to a fun-packed day out. The prices for the tours are below:

Tickets:

  • Adults: £5.00 (£4.00 concession)
  • Family ticket: £16.00 (two adults, two concessions)

Call 0115 952 0555 to find out more or book online here 

In addition to this, we also have a couple of other events that are up and coming for you to get involved in:

International Women’s day, 8th March 2017

To celebrate International Women’s day, the Galleries of Justice Museum are running a free, interactive workshop centred on the themes of women, the law and democracy. This will be taking place in the Transformers room and will run from 12-1pm. There will be opportunities to debate the subjects in question, too, so if you’re looking for something educational and topical to get involved in, feel free to email Naomi at [email protected] to book a place. Places are limited, so get in touch quickly if you’re interested in taking part!

 

 

British Science Week for schools at The City of Caves, 13th, 16th and 17th of March

To celebrate British Science week, The City of Caves education team are also running some workshops for schools on the above dates. These workshops will look at various aspects of the caves’ history, such as their structure, how they were formed, and the materials within them. There will also be a chance to explore the caves and put your navigation skills to the test!

Again, these sessions must be pre-booked, so if you’re interested, get in touch by emailing [email protected]. For more information on British Science Week, you can also visit the website

 

 

 

As you can see, the museum is still offering lots of interactive tours and events for you to get involved with, so why not visit? I also hope that you’re as excited for the relaunch as I am!

Jess Sims, Regular Museum Volunteer, University of Nottingham

 

 

 

 

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