National Justice Museum

Organisation: Museum

Collections held: Courts, Police, Prisons

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

The museum holds the HM Prison Service Museum Collection, the Rainer Foundation Archive, and the Ross Simms Historic Police Collection.

The collection is made up of over 40 000 objects and archives. It is the UK’s largest collection relating to law, justice, crime and punishment.

Some of our most well known items include:
Playwright Oscar Wilde’s cell door
Gibbet irons
Force feeding equipment used on Suffragettes and conscientious objectors
Great Train Robbery evidence
The dock from Bow Street Magistrates Court, which was used in notorious cases such as the trials of Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and the Krays

High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, United Kingdom


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Historic Buildings?

Original court room, cells and police station

Who can access the collection?

External (public), Registered users

How big is the collection?

Documents: 1001-5000
Photographs: 20,001-50,000
Objects: 1001-5000
Artwork: 101- 500
Books/journals/magazines: None

Photo credits

Pamela Raith Photography