Corinium Museum

Corinium Museum
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Discover the treasures of the Cotswolds at the Corinium Museum. Two years and five million pounds in the making, the Corinium Museum has been transformed into the must – see visitor attraction of the Cotswolds.

Roman Britain’s second city
Step through a triumphal arch to arrive in Corinium; second largest city in Roman Britain. Experience life as a Roman. Marvel at the stunning mosaics. Dress as a Roman soldier. Explore their artistry and engineering.

Face to face with the Saxons
Revealed to the world for the first time the Anglo-Saxons of Butlers Field, Lechlade. Re-united with their astonishing treasures. Our ancestors brought to life through forensically re-constructed heads.

Wool, wealth and war
Trace a path from the Iron Age to the English Civil War. A story of war, of wool, of royalty; of dissolved monasteries and of a local worthy’s rise from rags to riches.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00 (10.00 - 16.00 Nov - March)
Sun 14.00-17.00 (14:00 - 16:00 Nov - March)
Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Adults: £4.95
Concessions: £4.10
Children (5 to 16): £2.25
Students: £3.30
Families (2 adults and max 5 children): 10% of full ticket charge
Under 5s free
Annual season ticket:
Adult £14.60
Concession £11.50
Student £9.75
Child £7.20

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Abbey reconstruction

Medieval Manuscripts of Cirencester Abbey 900

  • 16 January — 21 May 2017 *on now

This is a rare opportunity to see manuscripts which were in Cirencester Abbey Library at its Dissolution in 1539, brought back and displayed in Cirencester. Loaned by the Bodleian Library and Jesus College Oxford, all are connected to Abbot Alexander Nequam - a fitting commemoration of the 800th anniversary of his death. Nequam’s writings are important, being early in the development of scientific attitudes. He lectured in Paris and Oxford before coming to Cirencester Abbey.

Admission

Included in admission

sarah smart picture

Two Views

  • 11 — 26 February 2017 *on now

Sarah E J Smart loves to paint. She is an artist living in north Wiltshire. She draws inspiration from many sources. Whether a landscape or an abstract work, Sarah generally uses acrylic paints, and anything else that will help her to achieve a satisfying interpretation of a subject. Christina Rice is a Stroud based artist who finds her primary inspiration in the natural world. Her paintings and mixed media works reflect this. She is particularly interested in the overlooked elements of the landscape. Little worlds contained in hedgerows, the beauty and texture of bark, shadows and reflections all inform her work.

Admission

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Cotswold view

Field of View

  • 2 — 19 March 2017

Exhibition by Chris Bingle
2 March – 19 March

Chris gained a degree in Fine Art in 1982 from Preston Polytechnic but has have been painting all her life. This exhibition of still life and landscapes ‘en plein air’ will transport viewers to familiar locations. Chris uses colour and light to capture the essence of the environment she conveys. Everyday objects are transformed into objects of colour and texture that evoke past and present memories to the onlooker. ‘Fields of View’ exposes the varied techniques and finishes that can be achieved through the use of oils. Chris is a member of the prestigious Cheltenham Group of Artists and works with the Pegasus Arts team. She exhibits in group and solo shows locally and around the country. Her work is in public and private collections across the UK.

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Cath Hodsman Picture

What Insects do for the Natural World?

  • 23 March — 23 April 2017

Exhibition and Artist in Residence - Cath Hodsman
23 March – 23 April

This art exhibition celebrates the fascinating anatomy, diversity, colour, shape, form and importance of insects. Cath pays homage to these amazing mini-beasts by painting and sketching them using a scale that enables all to appreciate their beauty that is normally hidden from view. Cath Hodsman is one of the country’s foremost natural-history artists. Her passion and specialism is painting and sketching insects. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see and purchase her original works in a unique solo show. A personal collection of insects will also be on show.

Cath will be based at the museum as our Artist in Residence for one week from Monday 27 March to Saturday 1 April 2017. Cath is superbly knowledgeable about insects (entomology) and the natural world as well as artistic techniques so drop by to see her work in practice, meet the artist and ask questions.

Admission

Free Admission
All work for sale

Cliff picture

Exhibition Eclectic - Clifford Richards

  • 28 April — 28 May 2017

Clifford Richards created a microcosm of the 1960s – pop-ups, ‘slotties’ dolls houses, packaging and prints. Vibrant, witty and fun, his work is an exuberant expression of that extraordinary decade. We are delighted to acquire some of his classic designs for our collections, to make them accessible for everyone to study and enjoy” Margaret Timmers. Word & Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Clifford Richards’ Eclectic exhibition will predominantly comprise of bold new work that tackles the ironies of modern weaponry and pays homage to creative heroes. The show will also acknowledge recent commercial projects as well as his early career that began in advertising where he developed his first products – a collection of self-assembled cardboard gift boxes and a range of slot-together animals and prints that encapsulated the swinging 60s, most of which is now in the permanent collection of the V&A.

Admission

Free Admission

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
MOSAIC PEAHEN

Corinium to Carthage: Roman Temples

  • 23 February 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Stephen Clews
Thursday 23 February, 7 - 8.30pm

Corinium to Carthage will explore Roman temples and what they tell us about life in the Roman Empire. New ideas about religion and the Gods were one of the great drivers for change in the Roman world, often holding centre stage in the politics of the time. Gloucestershire is well endowed with evidence for Roman and there is some evidence for the worship of deities from distant places. This lecture looks at the local evidence and puts it into the context of Empire, filling in a few gaps along the way, as we build the bigger picture of Religio Romana.

Stephen Clews is manager of the Roman Baths and Temple site in Bath and has been involved in archaeology in the Cotswolds for 35 years, including a few years at the Corinium Museum in the 1980s. He is a trustee of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society and is Treasurer of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics.


Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders

Sully Film

Rural Cinema - Sully

  • 25 — 26 February 2017 2:15pm

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 February, 2.15pm

Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession
Booking recommended

TheThird Man Flim

Corinium Cinema -The Third Man

  • 9 March 2017 7-9pm

Holly Martins, a naïve writer of pulp westerns, arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) but finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins, too curious for his own good, hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 1 hr. 40 mins. (PG)
Booking recommended

The Abbot

Introducing Medieval Monasteries

  • 16 March 2017 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 16 March, 2 - 4pm

For a thousand years, monasteries were a dominating presence in the British landscape. Their reign was cut short in the 16th century but their remains fascinate even today. Explore abbey architecture, with reference to abbeys across the country including Cirencester’s opulent Augustinian Abbey.


Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

A United Kingdom film

Rural Cinema A United Kingdom

  • 25 — 26 March 2017 2:15pm

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 March, 2.15pm

Based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged by their families, an apartheid state and the British government

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession. Booking recommended

Hazleton Long Barrow

Hazelton Longbarrow: Recent Research

  • 30 March 2017 From 7pm

Evening Lecture with Sam A Neil
Thursday 30 March, 7 - 8.30pm

This lecture explores the way in which recent scientific advances are helping to shed new light on museum collections. It shows how strontium isotope analysis is being applied to provide new archaeological information about the osteological collections curated by Corinium Museum. The way in which strontium isotope analysis is enabling us to study the lives of early farming communities in Britain is illustrated using new results from the site of Hazleton North, a Neolithic burial monument in Gloucestershire, England.

Samantha Neil has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Southampton and MPhil in Archaeological Science from the University of Cambridge and has worked on the collections in museums across Britain as part of a PhD, being undertaken at Durham University

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Become an Archeaologist

Gallery Tour of Corinium Mosaics with Emma Stuart

  • 6 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Explore the Museum’s exceptional mosaic collection in this guided tour of mosaics on display around the galleries. We will finish the tour with a look at some books, drawings and photographs from the archaeological archives and museum library.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Roman Pots

Family Drop-in: Stretchy Roman Cook

  • 11 April 2017 10-11am

Explore some Roman pottery and have a go at grinding in a mortarium, just like the Romans did, then make a stretchy Roman Cook to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders

Child Printing a bag

Printmaking: Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart

  • 12 April 2017 10:30am-12pm

Wednesday 12 April, 10.30-12pm

Using the collections for inspiration, create your own series of prints using a variety of techniques. Creative messy fun! All materials and instruction provided.

Cost: £7.75 per child, £6.75 for season ticket holders
Booking essential. Suitable for ages 8 and above

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £7.75 per child, £6.75 for season ticket holders

Dress

Cotswold Costume Collection

  • 12 April 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Our Collections Team will be giving you the opportunity to have a close up look at some of our wonderful costume collection that is not usually on display. These include everyday outfits, military uniforms and outfits for special occasions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Admission

I Daniel Blake Film

Corinium Cinema – I Daniel Blake

  • 13 April 2017 7-9pm

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain. Directed by Ken Loach.

Run time: 1 hr. 40 min.
(15)

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Cath Hodson picture

Incredible Insects: Children’s Workshop with Cath Hodsman

  • 13 April 2017 10am-1pm

Thursday 13 April, 10am -1pm
A wonderful opportunity for young insect fans to get up close and personal with incredible insects. Using high powered microscopes you will see and draw insects like you never have before, from the wing of a butterfly to the eye of a ladybird.
All expert tuition and information provided.


Suitable for 7+ but please contact us if you have younger children interested.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £12 per child, £10 for season ticket holders

Medieval knights children Activites

Illuminated Birds: Family Drop-in with Museum Team

  • 18 April 2017 10-11am

Medieval scribes put quill to paper to produce some extraordinary designs of animals and birds. Join us to create your own medieval bird to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders

Abbot & Pope

Abbey Artefacts

  • 19 April 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with James Harris
Wednesday 19 April, 11-12pm
As part of the Abbey 900 festival, we are bringing some of the artefacts from the 1960s excavation out of storage for this handling event. Come and see what it feels like to hold a piece of the Abbey.

Admission

Included in admission

Abbey Reconstruction

Pop-up Abbey: Family Drop-in with Museum Team

  • 19 April 2017 From 10am

Wednesday 19 April, 10-11am

Celebrate 900 years since the founding of Cirencester’s Medieval Abbey by Henry I. Today very little remains but the building was magnificent. Join us to make a pop up version of your own medieval Abbey to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders

Cockerel drawing

Drawing Museum Collections

  • 20 April 2017 10am-1pm

Adult Workshop with James Harris

Offering a rare opportunity to access museum collections to inspire this drawing workshop. Explore a variety of techniques and use museum collections for inspiration both on and off display. A perfect opportunity to develop, skills, sketchbooks and ideas.

Some materials provided but please bring an illustration pen and other media you would like to use.

Cost: £20 per adult £18 for season ticket holders
Booking essential. Suitable for ages 16 and above

Admission

Cost: £20 per adult £18 for season ticket holders

Skeleton

Evening Lecture - Skeletons in the Storeroom – with Craig Jones

  • 27 April 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture - Skeletons in the Storeroom – with Craig Jones
Thursday 27 April - 7-8.30pm

Abstract- Skeletons in the storeroom will introduce an overview of the techniques used in the analysis of skeletal remains,that help inform our understanding of past societies. A range of periods will be covered, but a particular focus will be on the Early Anglo-Saxon societies of Britain. The presentation will also include the results of the latest analysis on the Butler's Field cemetery at Lechlade, where familial kinship was investigated through skeletal traits.

Craig Jones has been a volunteer at Corinium Museum for over 2 years, and has recently completed his Masters Degree in Osteoarchaeology at Bournemouth University.


Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Children dressed up as Romans

Everyday Life of the Romans

http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

A 45 minute session in which children will be able to find out what life was like in Roman Corinium through a range of exciting hands on activities.

Creator

  • Amanda Hart

Publisher

  • Corinium Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum for further information.

Child dressed as an Anglo-Saxon

Investigate the Anglo-Saxons

http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

A one hour session in which children will examine the archaeological evidence from burials, in order to discover who the Anglo-Saxons were and how they lived.

Creator

  • Amanda Hart

Publisher

  • Corinium Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum for further details.

Roman Tombstone

Investigate the People from Roman Corinium

http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

A one hour session which looks at four different people from Roman Corinium. Using a range of resources including Roman tombstone inscriptions and real and replica Roman objects for a fun investigation of the sort of people who lived in Corinium.

Creator

  • Amanda Hart

Publisher

  • Corinium Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum for further information.

Roman dining room

Through the Roman Keyhole

http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

A one hour session using real and replica Roman objects, children will investigate some of the houses from Roman Corinium and the people who lived in them.

Creator

  • Amanda Hart

Publisher

  • Corinium Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum for further information.

People looking at documents

Tudor Cirencester

http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

A one hour session in which children will discover Cirencester’s Tudor past: the people, the objects and the buildings by examining the archaeological evidence from wills, artefacts and architecture.

Creator

  • Amanda Hart

Publisher

  • Corinium Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum for further details.

Corinium Museum
Park Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2BX
England

Website

www.coriniummuseum.org

E-mail

CoriniumMuseum@slm-ltd.co.uk

Telephone

01285 655611

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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