Plans Revealed for Major Improvements to the Galleries of Justice Museum
The Galleries of Justice Museum has been awarded almost £1 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable it to embark on an ambitious project which will effectively ‘unlock’ the unique, historic building in Nottingham’s Lace Market. This pioneering project aims to further establish the museum as a national heritage centre for ‘Justice – Past, Present and Future’. The museum’s collections are already of national importance but this investment will make them far more accessible.
Sweeping changes will bring to life previously unseen artefacts from the museum’s vast collection. A brand new FREE exhibition – The Crime Gallery – using state-of-the-art-technology, will take visitors on a journey right from the very beginning – at the causes and types of crime – to the punishment and sentencing of crime.
Adam Ogelsby, Visitor Attractions Manager at the museum said: ‘The new plans are really exciting and are exactly what the museum needs. They will encourage even more interactive experiences for every visitor. Not only that but once all the changes are implemented the museum will become much easier to navigate and the spaces will become much more flexible. It is a very exciting time for the Galleries of Justice Museum with a lot for visitors to look forward to!’
The Shire Hall in the heart of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market will become a focal point for visitors to Nottingham encouraging interest in heritage, culture, education and of course, family entertainment. This in turn will have a very positive effect on the local visitor economy. Cutting-edge, innovative interpretation will be used to improve access to its Lace Market site in the heart of the Creative Quarter. Visitors will be able to get involved through a more hands-on approach. New volunteering programmes, activities and learning resources will broaden the range of audiences. It will change the way in which visitors can enjoy the unique buildings, collections and stories of the Galleries of Justice Museum – improving the ways in which visitors from all backgrounds can engage with the vision of the modern museum. The collections will remain at the centre of the visitor experience and provide a greatly improved visitor experience.
Nicola Burley, Executive Director at the Galleries of Justice Museum commented: ‘It has taken years of planning and hard work to arrive at this stage. The museum has always been a jewel in Nottingham’s crown and an important heritage site and we are ecstatic to be able to make the improvements. We can’t wait to show it off when we launch the new tours in February 2017. The new interpretation and exhibitions will be inspiring, engaging and educational. It is a hugely important time for the museum and the team and we’re thrilled to be able to release a sneaky peak of just a small part of this project.’
MAIN IMAGE: Artist impression: The Crime Gallery
Artist impression: Shire Hall