National Justice Museum

Next generation WiFi network extends the National Justice Museum experience

The National Justice Museum is based at Nottingham’s historic Shire Hall and County Gaol. A building steeped in history, there has been a court on the site since at least 1375 and a prison since at least 1449.

The Challenge

Designing Wi-Fi for the museum posed unique wireless engineering challenges. “Physically getting cables to down into the caves and cells deep in the depths of the museum was honestly one of the most complex Wi-Fi deployments we have carried out” says Luke Draper, Managing Director IDT.

“Our engineers spent several days on site scoping the project and site doing heat map surveys to ensure we would be able to provide connectivity in each space of the Museum and Caves. This was even before any cable was laid or access point mounted”


IDT designed, built and implemented a complete Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi solution consisting of 43 access points spanning across 2 sites providing both Corporate and Guest Wi-Fi networks.

The museum’s unique layout was obviously a challenge with walls and floors in some parts in excess of 10 feet thick. Hanging and situating the access points was done with great care, with installation by the IDT’s engineering staff.


The National Justice Museum and City of Caves are increasingly seeking personalised and shareable experiences to fully engage with their visitors and enhance their visitor experience

Luke added: "The Wi-Fi network in today’s world is the foundation of any interactive user experience in any museum. The work we have carried out will enable the Museum’s visitors to interact with the tours and the attractions through their own devices safely and COVID securely across the two sites."


“We have known for a while what the benefits of a complete site-wide, wifi solution would give us but our building architecture has always been too restrictive to even consider it.

Once we commissioned IDT, they just took control and handled everything. They didn't just look at a simple solution, they wanted to ensure we got the best solution. "Being forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic gave us the opportunity to invest in getting the Museum ready for reopening in May this year. We have been very fortunate to have been supported with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Art Fund to complete this project. Many of us take wifi for granted wherever we go, having seen the hard work that goes on in the background to present this to our visitors, I have even further respect for IDT and the work they have carried out."

Victoria Reeves, Chief Executive of the National Justice Museum.

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