National Justice Museum

Characters you may meet

Every day, 9am - 5pm


Meet, and hear the stories of, the residents at the National Justice Museum

Roaming our corridors and presiding in our prison are a range of historical characters, some of whom you may meet during your visit. Each of our characters has a different story to tell based on their own experience of law, justice, crime and punishment...

Elizabeth Fry

A 19th century prison reformist so famous she ended up on our £5 notes! Elizabeth Fry will tell of the appalling conditions she witnessed in prisons across the country and the numerous changes she introduced to improve prisoners' lives.

John Howard

A prison reformist who tried (but failed) to bring about any reform at all. Hear about the sort of conditions that he witnessed in prisons across Britain and Europe, including this very gaol which he visited twice in the 1780's.

Dr Massey

Dr Massey was the medical office at this very gaol in the 1860's. He'll tell you all the gruesome details about various diseases and conditions that he witnessed here when examining the prisoners.

Joanna Ledgwich

The great escapist! Hear how Joanna Ledgwick managed to avoid deportation to Australia by escaping from this very prison in 1831.

Valentine Marshall

One of our most famous convicts, Valentine Marshall will tell you about his role in the reform bill riots of 1831, his experience in this prison and his deportation to Australia - a trip nowhere near as pleasant as it sounds!


Included within general admission: (Adults £10.95 with concessions available)


National Justice Museum
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