Welcome to the website for the Legal Costume Exhibition at the Royal Courts of Justice
The Permanent Exhibition of Legal and Judicial Costume is housed in the majestic setting of the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand in the centre of London's legal quarter. (Click on the first line of this text to see our video on YouTube)
The Exhibition is run entirely by volunteers as a charity. It is dependent on donations to maintain and preserve its outstanding collection. Please see details of how to donate on our donations page.
The Exhibition was opened in 1974 by Lord Hailsham, then the Lord Chancellor. Its objective was and remains to compile, if possible, a record of every surviving form of historic judicial and legal costume. It is the largest and most comprehensive collections of its type in the country.
There are three main sections of the Exhibition. The main or Carey Street site is located at the far end of the building from the Strand entrance. It connects to a second part of the Exhibition which houses the Hailsham robes. A further section, the Strand site, is located to the right as you enter from the Strand.
The Exhibition is open to the public at all times when the Courts are open. There is no charge for admission. Tours of the exhibition can be arranged via our contact page.
The Exhibition also has a significant reserve and loan collection.