PLANS to create a National Museum of Law (right) in Nottingham have received £4.215 million from the National Lottery. Conservationists in Nottingham have already converted part of the town's historic Shire Hall where the law courts, police station and prisons have been since the 14th century.

The lottery money, along with around £1 million of European funding, will be used to convert the remainder of Shire Hall so that it can exhibit collections of police and legal memorabilia, including legal documents from the Lady Chatterley trial and the Nuremberg trial.

Mich Stevenson, chair of the National Museum of Law Trust, said the money would help the trust in its bid to get national status for the museum. Diane Lees, chief executive of the trust, added: “We are delighted with the award, which rewards many months of hard work by all those involved.”