400px-uk_supreme_court_badgeTo launch the celebrations for Middlesex Guildhall’s centenary, the UK Supreme Court will open its doors to members of the general public on Saturday 25 May between 10am and 4.30pm.  This will be the second time the Court has opened fully to the public on a weekend since it opened its doors in 2009.

Admission is free of charge and, whilst no appeal hearings will be taking place, visitors will be able to explore the building including the three courtrooms, the Library, the Lawyers’ Suite, and the exhibition and café area, where a collection of portraits from the Middlesex Guildhall Art Collection will be on display. There will also be creative activities on offer for children.

The open day will coincide with the launch of two free electronic services for those interested in the history of the building:

–  an audio tour app will be available for download on Apple and Android platforms to provide visitors with a guided tour of the building; and

–  a downloadable guide to the stained glass heraldic shields found throughout the building.

Work was completed on the Middlesex Guildhall in December 1913 and it originally housed the Middlesex County Council and the Middlesex Justices’ Quarter Sessions. The Guildhall was then used as a Crown Court Centre before closing for extensive refurbishment in 2007 in order to convert it for use as the new Supreme Court building.

Photography and social media interaction are actively encouraged. For more information see the Supreme Court website.