Nottingham’s National Justice Museum is to extend its courtroom tour programme and introduce a new escape room experience following the receipt of new funding.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £249,996 will also see the recruitment of new paid and volunteer roles to assist in the projects.

The museum’s learning team will expand its ‘NJM On Tour’ programme, taking its workshops to real courtrooms around the UK to help children and young people gain a hands-on understanding of the law and justice.

Through programmes for Key Stages 1-5 they tell the story of law and order in authentic spaces and through real-life events.

Its brand-new themed escape room, set to open later this year, will be based at the Museum in Nottingham’s former Shire Hall and County Gaol. The game will be linked to the historic and legal themes of the Museum.

The funding will also go towards a revamp of the Museum’s retail offer, with planned improvements to the range of merchandise and products available, including items inspired by the city, themes of law and justice, and the newly announced escape room.

Victoria Reeves, Chief Executive for the charity said of the funding: “the recovery post Covid, coupled with the cost of living crisis, has significantly impacted museums and this support will help us increase our resilience and capacity plan for the future – it is a hugely exciting time for our whole team”.

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