Explore the ancient cells at Nottingham gaol with new 1830s escape room

Pictured is a group doing an escape room
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A Grade II-listed museum is playing host to an eerie new escape room in Nottingham city centre. 'Guilty?!' takes players back to 1830s Nottingham on limited dates throughout the year and will take place entirely within the city's National Justice Museum in High Pavement.

Participants will become residents in Nottingham's Narrowmarsh in 1831. King George IV had died the year prior and King William was set to be crowned - triggering the dissolving of parliament and a general election that left the city on the brink of riots. You will find yourself in the cramped, smelly slum rife with criminal activity and will be met with a truly turbulent scenario.

The local constable has found you at the site of a Reform Bill riot where a local pub was set ablaze. Two people died and you are the central suspect - accused of arson and manslaughter - and the death penalty awaits you.

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Over the course of an hour, players will explore the listed Georgian museum, including areas rarely open to the public. You will need to solve puzzles and gather evidence before deciding whether to stand trial and prove your innocence - or try to escape your fate.

The game has been created in collaboration with Sacha Coward, a freelance museum professional who has worked at local, national, and international museums and galleries. He has created escape rooms for the National Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich, Oxford University, Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum and more.

Katie Greenwood, head of marketing and communications at the National Justice Museum, said: “It’s been so exciting to work on this new experience in our museum. We hope this will bring new audiences to our museum and give our visitors a fresh, immersive way to explore our building. We’re especially pleased to have been able to collaborate with Sacha, creating a game that is completely unique and tailored to our fantastic building.

"We can’t wait to share what we’ve created with our visitors.” Tickets are on sale now for groups of four to six people, available on select evenings until August. For more information and to book, visit nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk.

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