Left to right: Baroness Blackstone, Minister for the Arts, Bamber Gascoigne, Chairman of the Judges, and Paula Ridley, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK Branch.
Left to right: Michiel Stevenson and Peter Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Galleries of Justice, Dr Emílio Rui Vilar, Chairman of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Bamber Gascoigne, Chairman of the Judges, Baroness Blackstone, Minister for the Arts, and Tim Desmond, Head of Education, Galleries of Justice.


The first annual Gulbenkian Prize of £100,000 was won by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham.
The award was announced by Bamber Gascoigne, Chairman of the Judges, at a ceremony at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London on 15 May 2003.

Short List 2003

Long List 2003

Winner 2004

Tim Desmond, Head of Education, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, receiving the cheque for £100,000 from Bamber Gascoigne, Chairman of the Judges.    
Judges’ comments
Bamber Gascoigne, chair of the 2003 judges
"We were all immensely impressed by the dedication and inventiveness with which the whole staff of NCCL had tackled a very challenging problem - that of using their museum's rich resources to bring alive the potentially very dry subject of citizenship, whether in real-life cases re-enacted in authentic court rooms or through using the forbidding old prison to put crime and punishment in a historical perspective. Teachers will be grateful to them, and their experiment is one which others elsewhere will be able to follow and develop.

"We were unanimous in our decision, in spite of the exceptionally high standard of the short list - any one of which could have been a worthy winner."

Left to right: Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of the Museum Prize Trust and Zandra Rhodes, creator of the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Peter Jenkinson,
National Director,
Creative Partnerships

“I spent three hours at the NCCL and was overwhelmed by its energy and brilliance. They are doing something very different and very interesting. The loss of identity suffered in prison is felt all too keenly.”

Joanna Lumley,
actress and writer

“Our house was struck by lightning the other night

and that’s exactly how I felt about the NCCL experience. It’s astonishing and thrilling and frighteningly good.”

Professor Kathy Sykes, holder of the Collier Chair,
University of Bristol

“This is really changing people’s – children in particular – lives. It’s using history to make them think about themselves and it’s using privileged space for some of the least privileged people.”

Dr Simon Thurley, Director of English Heritage
“Nottingham’s use of its 18th and 19th century courthouse and prison heritage is simply brilliant and provides a solution to the ever-increasing number of redundant Victorian courthouses around the country.”

Eleanor Updale, author and historian
“I was bowled over by the superb use of the gaol, the courthouse and the police station. NCCL makes real use of history and a difference to people’s lives.