CONVICT SHIP: A JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN
The Galleries of Justice Museum is a Flagship Learning Provider museum.
Through this programme, the museum has successfully acquired funding from Renaissance to redevelop the Transportation exhibition.
Transportation was the removal of prisoners from Britain to British colonies. From 1778 to 1868 over 162,000 men, women and children were forcibly exiled to Australia.
‘Convict Ship’ can be seen as part of our famous Crime and Punishment tour and will tell the full story of the punishment of Transportation, the reasons for the punishment, the ordeals on the ships, the effects of colonisation in Australia and the abolition of the punishment.
Nottingham’s County Gaol was a holding prison for those prisoners awaiting Transportation. You could be transported for anything from stealing a handkerchief to murder. Sentences ranged from 7 years to life!