Launching in February 2017 following a £1million Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, the National Justice Museum will become the new name for The Egalitarian Trust, which currently incorporates the Galleries of Justice Museum, the City of Caves in Nottingham and the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL).
Using the UK’s largest collection relating to law, justice, crime and punishment, the National Justice Museum will include an exciting range of new exhibition areas showcasing even more of the collection. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a range of brand new fun, interactive activities and exhibitions suitable for all the family. As part of the changes, the Galleries of Justice Museum will also change its name to National Justice Museum, Nottingham and the NCCL will become ‘National Justice Museum Education’.
Tim Desmond, Chief Executive for the National Justice Museum said: “This is a hugely exciting time for our charity as we bring all our work together under one title and truly become a national museum.
“Our central vision is to provide an opportunity for all to learn about the law so people can be inspired by their rights and responsibilities to make positive changes in their lives. We look forward to engaging with a diverse range of people from across the UK and beyond – whether that be through exhibitions and activities available at our museum, or through our education programmes available at legal and heritage sites across the UK.”
The trust was originally established 1993 following a huge fundraising effort, millions of pounds was raised to restore the site of Nottingham’s Shire Hall. The Galleries of Justice Museum opened in 1995 and the NCCL followed in 2002. In 2004 the trust took over the running of Nottingham’s City of Caves.
Since its origin, the organisation has won 34 awards including the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2003 for recognition of the innovation of the NCCL and the Visit England Gold Award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2014.
Over the past few years The Egalitarian Trust and the breadth of its work has grown significantly. Since 2011 the trust has provided education programmes across the UK - which includes being the education provider for the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The new name reflects the national significance of the collection – which includes over 40 000 objects and archives, as well as the education work that the trust does at legal and heritage sites across the UK.
Following a brief closure from December 2016 to enable development works to take place, the National Justice Museum, Nottingham will open on Sat 11 Feb 2017.