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.
Eeles Family Pots

Eeles Family Pottery -Wood Fired Ceramics

  • 11 July — 3 August 2015 *on now

11 July – 3 August

Eeles Family Pottery, based in Mosterton, West Dorset, are delighted to announce that they are holding an Exhibition of over 300 pieces of new work at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester. The family of 5 potters create stoneware, porcelain and raku using basic ingredients such as ball clay from near Poole, china clay from South Devon, fine alluvial sand from West Dorset and granite from Cornwall. Most simple ingredients used with rare skill, create the most unusual results.

Free Admission -All items for sale

Admission

Free Admission -All items for sale

Creative Forum Prints

‘Discovery’ - A Creative Forum Exhibition

  • 8 August — 6 September 2015

‘8 August – 6 September
As artists and makers move through their creative life, the process of discovery is an ongoing process and an important part of their practice. This exhibition presents a diverse range of work by members of the group including paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, photography and jewellery.

The group meets once a month at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and is made up of local artists and makers at various stages in their creative careers, from aspiring to professional.

Admission

Free admission. All items for sale

Printmaking in the museum Gallery

‘Deeply Felt’

  • 12 September — 11 October 2015

Exhibition by Sarah Brooker and Celestino Valenti
12 September – 11 October
This exhibition showcases the latest works by Sarah Brooker, textile artist. Her hand-rolled felt wall hangings and framed works bring colour and vibrancy to any space. Using water for inspiration she draws on her favourite colours; turquoises, deep blues and greens.

Sarah studied in Fine Art at Portsmouth, and went on to complete a Post Graduate qualification in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, which took her on a journey uncovering the techniques and possibilities of felt making. Sarah has exhibited nationally for the past 20 yrs and was a resident maker at Brewery Arts, Cirencester for 12 years, moving studios to Chalford last year.

Celestino Valenti designs and produces Regency-style, internationally sought after wirework.
Free Admission

Admission

Free Admission

Art work by Amanda Moriarty

Exhibition - Handmade in Clay-‘Found, Fired and Fabulous’

  • 17 October — 15 November 2015

Found objects, fired glass and ceramics become unique, colourful and delicate creations in a fabulous exhibition by five local artists. Marion Mitchell’s unusual way of applying glaze, oxides and slips create atmospheric depth in her vessels, bowls and wall hangings. Tara Davidson creates beautifully textured ceramics featuring antique lace and plants. Amanda Moriarty's inspiration from urban and rural landscapes utilises dynamic colour to create unique kiln-fired glass. Sue Simmons creates pieces from stoneware and found objects with a gentle and quirky touch and Hannah Mathison's extraordinary reclaimed metal and wood sculptures transport you to a world of inspiration and creativity.
Come along and enjoy this beautiful handmade, selling exhibition.

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.
Anglo Saxon Brooch

The Anglo-Saxons Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson

  • 4 August 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Hear about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and see our evidence for them in this hands-on discovery session.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in Admission

Roman Soilder

Stretchy Roman Soldier Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer and Sara Salvidge

  • 4 August 2015 From 10am

With pugio and shield in hand, come along and create a stretchy Roman soldier to take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Roman Helmet

Roman Helmets Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer

  • 5 August 2015 10-11am

Build up your soldier’s kit with a Roman helmet to take home and also get the chance to feel the weight of a replica Roman military helmet.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders.

Hen Brooch

Cockerels on Sticks Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 6 August 2015 10-11am

Thursday 6 August, 10-11am
One of our most beautiful objects, a bronze cockerel from a child’s grave, went on display in 2014. Use this for inspiration and create a cockerel on a stick to take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders.

Medieval Knights

Medieval Knights Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer and Sara Salvidge

  • 11 August 2015 10-11am

From an age of dragons and chivalry, decorate your own medieval knight to take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders.

Child Mosaic

Mini Mosaics Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart

  • 12 August 2015 10:30am-12pm

Wednesday 12 August, 10.30-12pm
Be inspired by the wealth of mosaics on display in the Corinium Museum and create your own mosaic coaster, using glass tiles, to take home. All tools and safety equipment and instruction provided.
Suitable for ages 8 and above but please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £7 per child £6 for season ticket holders. Booking essential.

Children Mask

Mythical Masks Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 13 August 2015 10-11am

Greek and Roman mythical creatures, gods, heroes and goddesses – take your pick and make a myth themed mask to take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders.

Archeaological Id

Archaeological Identification Drop In.

  • 14 August 2015 10am-12pm

A Discovery Zone event with Kurt Adams
Friday 14th August, 10-12pm
Join Kurt Adams from the Portable Antiquities Scheme to identify and record your archaeological finds. Whether you have dug up some shreds of pottery from your garden or found some interesting stone or metalwork in a field, as long as they have been dug out of the ground it could be an important archaeological find that we would like to record.

Admission

Cost: included in admission

Children in the museum making a craft

Printmaking - Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart

  • 19 August 2015 10:30am-12pm

Wednesday 19 August, 10.30-12pm
Use museum artefacts for inspiration and create a collection of prints using different methods to take home. All materials and instruction provided
Suitable for ages 8 and above but please enquire about younger children attending. Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £7 per child, £6 season ticket holders

Making a craft in the Museum

Green Man Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer

  • 19 August 2015 10-11am

Wednesday 19 August, 10-11am
Often seen on stone and wood carvings on buildings and churches, this mythical man has a face of green leaves for you to decorate and take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Children with Roman shield that they have made.

Roman Standards Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer

  • 25 August 2015 10-11am

Tuesday 25 August, 10-11am
Join us to make a Roman Standard which you can carry on your journey through Cirencester like a real Roman soldier.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders.

A Split Ammonite

Zooarchaeology - Discovery Zone with Craig Jones

  • 27 August 2015 2-3pm

Thursday 27 August, 2-3pm
Join collections volunteer Craig Jones and discover how animal bones can be used to help interpret the activities undertaken by our ancestors as well as the role animals played in the lives of Prehistoric and Roman societies.
Cost: Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in admission

Cloak Pin

Cirencester and the Civil War Town Walk with William Cooper

  • 27 August 2015 From 2pm

Thursday 27 August, 2pm
The events of the first week of February in 1643 were to greatly influence the lives of local citizens for the next two and a half years. Hundreds lost their lives and property. Join William Cooper from the Civic Society to explore Cirencester, a town which King Charles I found too attractive to ignore.
Booking essential
Walk starts from the Corinium Museum. Duration approximately 90 minutes

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 for season ticket holders.

A  Anglo-Saxon Brooch

Anglo-Saxon Brooches Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 27 August 2015 10-11am

Thursday 27 August 10-11am
The Anglo-Saxons left behind some beautiful patterns in their jewellery and crafts. Come and make a brooch inspired by Saxon design to take home.
Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Roman kitchen in the museum

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day

  • 12 September 2015 10am-5pm

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day
Saturday 12 September, 10am – 5pm
As part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, the museum will be open for free. Try out our family fun trail, with a prize at the end.
Free entry. £1 per children’s trail

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. £1 per children’s trail

Medieval Page

Hiberno-Saxon Manuscript Illumination

  • 24 September 2015 7-8:30pm

An Evening Lecture with Amy Jeffs
Thursday 24 September, 7 – 8.30pm
This lecture will guide you through the imagery of some of the finest works of art of Medieval Europe, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells. Exploring the circumstances in which they were created and how they were intended to be received. They are a unique response to the coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England and have much to teach us about the relationship between East and West, old and new, saintly hermits and ambitious kings.

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 for season ticket holders. Booking essential

Far from the Madding Crowd (Film)

Rural Cinema- Far From The Madding Crowd

  • 26 — 27 September 2015 From 2pm

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, 2.15pm

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Admission

Cost: £5 per adult, £4 concession Booking essential

Ben Kane

Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Battle of The Teutoburg Forest with Ben Kane.

  • 15 October 2015 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture Thursday 15 October -7pm-8.30pm

In AD 9, the Roman Empire covered most of Europe. Forty years of rule under the emperor Augustus had seen widespread military victories and vast expansions in its territories. September of that year saw everything change, however, at a place called the Teutoburg Forest in northern Germany. Three legions were ambushed and massacred there by tribesmen who followed Arminius, a Romanised German. It was a humiliating reverse for Augustus, and a body blow to the empire and its army. Ben Kane’s latest novel, Eagles at War, is about this pivotal moment in Roman history and during his talk, he will recount the dramatic events of that unforgettable summer, describe the battle itself and explain how the aftermath led to a sea change in the empire’s foreign policy.
Ben Kane is well a travelled author and veterinarian who turned his passion for Roman history into a writing career. He is a bestselling author and will showcase his latest release Eagles at War with an optional book signing at the end of the evening.
£6 per adult -£5 for season ticket holders- Booking essential

Admission

£6 per adult -£5 for season ticket holders- Booking essential

Child making a craft

Family Drop-in Sabre Tooth Cat masks with Jane Bovenizer

  • 26 October 2015 10-11am

Create a mask inspired by the wonderful sabre tooth cats that lived over 10,000 years ago before becoming extinct.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1.50 per child Free 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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