Learning …

… about how things have changed

Scales of justice

From early beginnings in Egypt and Rome, the scales of justice have been used alongside the idea of truth and fairness.

There is often a lady depicted at the top of the scales and she is thought to represent the ancient Egyptian goddesses Maat and Isis and later the Greek goddess Dike, the goddess of mortal justice.

The Roman goddess carried the sword, symbolic of the power of justice, and wears a blindfold. It is believed that the term ‘justice is blind’ is derived from this.

Schools, groups and research

The Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom welcomes enquiries from schools, groups, students and researchers.
Our collection may be able to support various topic areas and can provide an inspiring and engaging learning experience.

Booking is essential for all groups visiting the museum.

How to book and other useful information

Contact us for more information on how we can help support various topic areas.

What was law and order like in Victorian England?
Why did the Victorians develop a police force?
What did the ‘highwaymen’ do?
How did forms of punishment compared with today?
Who invented the photofit?
What was the punishment for stealing a sheep?

How to book
Bookings can be made by phone or email:
01666 504670

Entry to the museum is free.

Workshop dates and costs are available on request.

Useful information
There is no parking at the museum but coaches can stop outside to drop off children safely.

Most of the museum is accessible using ramps.

Please tell us if a member of your group needs additional help.