Bodmin Shire Hall


The Shire Hall was once the old Assize Court, where a sensational murder trial took place in 1844. The outcome of the trial was in dispute from the first, and is still discussed to this day. The interpretation recreates the trial in the courtroom where it happened, using animatronic figures and atmospheric lighting. A large screen illustrates and points the evidence with affecting film of the events, shot in the actual locations. The audience learns about the locality and the legal system of the period and finally can vote the defendant ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’.

Outside the courtroom an interactive touch-screen program gives younger visitors an insight into nineteenth-century views of crime and punishment, allowing them to decide on appropriate punishments for various crimes.

with Motivation Ltd.