The former courthouse and gaol, which houses the UK’s largest collection of more than 40,000 law, justice, crime, and punishment artefacts, now includes new areas to display a wider selection of archive items, an increased number of interactive displays and a new crime gallery featuring free exhibitions.
The refurbishment also provides the museum with enhanced visitor routes around the building and improved exhibitions in the key museum spaces.
Working alongside the exhibition designers rfa, we progressed the proposals for the physical adaptions of space which were necessary within the building to allow the adaption.
As a Grade ll* Listed Building in a Conservation Area it meant a detailed dialogue with the Local Authority Planning Department and Historic England to ensure that the works were not detrimental to the Listing and building as a whole.
maber were involved in the previous refurbishment of the museum when it was formerly known as the Galleries of Justice and have always maintained an interest in the building.
“This is much more than a new name and a fresh coat of paint. Yes, we’re incredibly excited about the changes to the museum in Nottingham which will attract different people to the city, but the broader educational remit really reflects the national significance of our archive as well as the exhibitions that inspire people of all ages to learn about justice.
Tim Desmond, Chief Executive of the National Justice Museum
In addition to the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the transformation has also been made possible by support from WREN, Charles Hayward Foundation, Museum Development East Midlands, Big Lottery Fund: Awards for All, Arts Council England, Jones 1986 Charitable Trust, JN Derbyshire Charitable Trust, and the Forman Hardy Charitable Trust.