School Trips at National Justice Museum

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Visit Nottingham’s historic Courthouse and County Gaol for an immersive learning experience. Our vast museum provides an exciting insight into law, crime and justice. The museum houses three courtrooms, a prison and police station plus a collection of over 40,000 legal, police and prison-related historical objects and artefacts, including the HM Prison Service collection.
When visiting the museum, students will meet historical characters and visit exhibition areas with a dedicated guide.

The museum was recently refurbished thanks to £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund support and now includes an exciting range of brand new exhibitions, new activities, games and puzzles throughout the museum.

What will students gain from a visit with National Justice Museum?
• Improved analytical and critical thinking skills
• Deeper understanding of the law and justice systems of both past and present
• Full understanding of the different roles within a courtroom
• Increased aspirations towards careers in the law
• Improved public speaking and debating skills
• An understanding of crime and punishment through time
• An understanding of their role as responsible citizens

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National Justice Museum school groups

Why are National Justice Museum great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Educational Visits at the Museum are immersive and unique. Students can explore the Edwardian Police Station, the old Georgian prison, Victorian Courtroom, modern Youth Court, and various exhibition spaces relating to topics such as Crime, Capital Punishment, Prison reform and more.

Through our workshops, learners gain a new insight into the realities and consequences of committing a crime and gain a broader understanding of the justice system of past and present. Students can prepare for and re-enact real trials in real courtrooms and learn more about the criminals that were housed here and how they were treated. We offer a variety of themed courtroom workshops from literary trials to historical trials to youth crime.

Sessions support: History, Law, Citizenship, PSHE, SMSC, Enrichment, Sociology, Criminology, English, Drama and more

Activities available during group visits

Activities are available for KS1 through to University level and include: Mock trials, debates, crime and punishment, Victorian CSI, Convict Ship, archive workshops and more! We actively engage learners and our sessions provide a suitable challenge to all and aim to build confidence. Students will enhance not only knowledge but a core set of skills linked to various subject areas.

What size groups do you cater for?

Minimum group size is 20 and the museum can cater for up to 120 pupils in a day

Is there first aid on site?

We recommend groups bring their own first aider.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

Please make us aware of any learners with additional needs. We do our best to accommodate all groups and the museum makes every effort to try and make exhibitions, facilities and services as accessible as possible to all visitors. Due to the historic nature of the building, there are some areas of the Crime & Punishment tour that remain inaccessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters, or have limited mobility. A virtual reality tour is available within the gaol area to ensure that visitors with limited mobility are still able to enjoy the full experience of the Crime and Punishment tour. There are 2 accessible toilets on site.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Yes - please speak to our bookings coordinator to discuss the needs of your group


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Teacher Checklist

- Risk Assessments
- Inspection Visits
- Free Places for Teachers
- Bursaries or Funded Places Available
- LOtC Quality Badge


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UK Location


★★★★★ Outreach Officer, University of Sheffield
"Another great visit, thanks to all the museum staff /facilitators who made it a great day"

★★★★★ Y10 student, Ockbrook School
"The courtroom gave us the chance to experience the feelings that a criminal or victim must of felt, and how intimidating the judge must have been."

★★★★★ Kelly Basra, Y5 Teacher,
"The children enjoyed the interactions with the adults at the museum. They enjoyed their jovial teaching methods"

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