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“Great exhibit”

The Courtroom Experience
Ranked #6 of 26 things to do in Bodmin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We saw this having already visited Bodmin Gaol. Being a Prison Officer and former Policeman it was of great interest. It was so interesting to see the original court layout and hear part of the case dramatized by way of the anamatronic figures and visual display and by having a good working knowledge of the land and also the gaol Matthew would have met his end in really helped. The way you can interact with the exhibit by way of interactive voting on the verdict also helps you emerge yourself in the case. The staff were very knowledgeable and I can guarantee at the end of the experience you will want investigate it more. There gift shop has a great little book on the case by Pat Munn which was very reasonable priced and also a map of the scene which can be purchased for 50p. I won't tell you my view on the case I let you decided that foe yourself once you have visited. Well worth the money in fact in would have paid more. Also don't miss the town museum which is free entrance.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jay B
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Once upon a time, true justice was not available to those who are helpless. During the 19th century, one can be accused of a crime and found guilty because forensic evidence was unavailable then.
In Bodmin, a young man named Matthew Weeks was found guilty of murder and hanged without hard evidence. This case led to the eventual abolition of capital punishment.
At Bodmin's Shire Hall, visitors can relive the Courtroom Experience and even be a juror in the Matthew Weeks case, deciding whether he was guilty or not after hearing the deliberations in a trial involving film reels and animatronics.
Interesting and eye-opening, you get to relive history right where it happened, and end your tour with a visit to the holding cells where prisoners were kept while waiting for their case to be heard. Not pleasant for them, to be sure, and it makes one glad one is living in this more enlightened era and not back then.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank VinceOCYeoh
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

Visited the courtroom with my family and enjoyed every minute. Before the presentation we read the background to the trial demonstrated and then went in to the courtroom.
No live actors but a well presented session with models and commentary. Some of it was hard to hear due to authentic accents but that just added to the atmosphere. One of the library staff did a presentation before and afterwards before taking us down to the holding cells and she was very good indeed.
Well worth the small fee charged

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We had been to this location about 10 years ago. Some of our party had too, but were a lot younger to remember the visit. The price at being just under £4 was a good valued payment for about an hour. If you are 60+ like myself a further £1 reduction is received. The experience is a replay of an actual court case from the 1800s and you are asked tomlisten to the facts and then render a verdict according to what you have heard. Our group was split 50 50 after which you are informed of the actual verdict. I wont spoil the verdict but this is a very good visit for a spare hour you may have in the area and is good for inclement weather

Well worth a visit

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chris D
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

Pay in the information centre and experiences begin on the hour. As we got there early we read much of the information the staff member gave us prior to entering the court. It is a shame the court verdict is also shared before you go in too. However, it was fun to take part and vote. Good value

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ASR512
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