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.
Guild Of Craftmen

Collaborations

  • 5 — 26 February 2016 *on now

Exhibition - Guild of Glos Craftsmen
5 February – 26 February
What happens when a milliner and weaver work together? What might a textile artist and furniture maker create when they share their skills and experience? This exhibition celebrates the alchemy of skills, materials and makers as they come together and produce something unexpected. Stemming from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s long tradition of collaboration, this exhibition will show the creative processes of ten pairs of makers as they work together.

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.
West Side Story Film

Corinium Cinema - West Side Story

  • 11 February 2016 7-9pm

Winner of 10 Oscars this film of the beloved stage musical brings Romeo and Juliet to the streets of 1950s New York, providing a Corinium Cinema experience bursting with bold, blazing colour and a rousing, romantic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score.

Run time: 2 hr. 31 min. (PG)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.50 Adults, £4.50 Concessions

Centurian Masks

  • 15 February 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Monday 15 February, 10-11am

Make part of a Roman soldier’s uniform with this centurian mask to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

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

Stretchy Soldiers

  • 16 February 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer


Learn about the Roman soldier’s kit and create this stretchy soldier to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

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

Myths on Sticks

  • 17 February 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer


Come and read some Roman myths and create a mythical character on a stick to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

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

Tombstone

Tombstone Inscriptions

  • 18 February 2016 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson and James Harris
Thursday 18 February, 11-12.30pm

Come and be an archaeologist! Learn to decipher the Museum’s Roman tombstone inscriptions including the newly found tombstone on display. Have a go at using the Roman alphabet to write your own inscriptions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Roman Bird

Colourful Cockerels

  • 19 February 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in
Friday 19 February, 10-11am

Be inspired by a special cockerel object gifted to a Roman child and make your own colourful cockerel on a stick to take home.

Cost: £1.50 per child or free for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

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

Whittington Court Villa

Landscape Archaeology – Unearthing the Past

  • 25 February 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening lecture with Sam Gorin
Thursday 25 February, 7-8.30pm

Sam Gorin explores a decade of excavations at Empingham, Rutland and examines how a major civil engineering project -- the construction of Rutland Water -- contributed to our understanding of landscape archaeology at a time before the introduction of developer funding and major archaeological units. Exploring evidence from prehistoric, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon sites he will argue the case for continuity of occupation in the Gwash valley. Parallels will be made to Cotswold discoveries.

Sam taught A-level Archaeology at Newark and Sherwood College and held several roles, including Principal Moderator, for AQA for 35 years. With Jim Grant of Cirencester College he is co-author of a textbook, The Archaeology Coursebook, the 4th edition of which was published by Routledge in 2015.



Booking essential

Admission

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

Martian Flim

Rural Cinema – The Martian

  • 27 — 28 February 2016 From 2:15pm

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February, 2.15pm

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Admission

Cost: £5 Adults, £4 Concessions
Booking Recommended

Sheep

Exhibition - Impress 2016

  • 1 — 22 March 2016

1 March – 22 March
March 2016 will see the welcome return of the Impress Printmaking Festival, showcasing some of the best in International printmaking across Stroud and other parts of Gloucestershire and this year partnering with a New York group, the Manhattan Graphics Center.
This artist led group will be sending a selection of their finest prints to be shown in the Corinium Museum Gallery during March 2016. The New York prints will occupy the walls, whilst the cases will feature small works from Gloucestershire printmakers. Gloucestershire printmakers will also be showing their work in New York.

Free Admission

Admission

Free Admission

Roman pot

Town and Country in the Roman Cotswolds

  • 3 March 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Neil Holbrook
Thursday 3 March 7pm, 8.30pm

By popular demand, Neil Holbrook is repeating his lecture on Town and Country in the Roman Cotswolds. Cirencester was an important Roman town and the Cotswolds populated by rich villas but how did the town and country fit together?

Was Cirencester an administrative centre, or a bustling and vibrant market town? There were literally hundreds of farms in the Cotswolds which didn’t have villa houses, so what role did they play and who lived in them? Neil will explore these issues and more in his evening lecture on town and country in the Roman Cotswolds.

Neil Holbrook is Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology. He gained a first class honours degree in archaeology from Newcastle University before working professionally in archaeology, which he has done for over 25 years.


Booking essential

Admission

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

New Project at the museum

Corinium’s HLF Development Project

  • 15 March 2016 2:30-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Amanda Hart
Tuesday 15 March, 2.30 – 4pm

“Community Discovery” will build on the success of the Corinium Project to create a welcoming and clear visitor journey from arrival to departure. The Prehistory and Early Roman galleries will be transformed with dramatic new interpretation to suit all types of visitor. The exhibits will include some exceptional archaeological objects, on display for the first time, which change our understanding of that period of development of the Cotswolds. A new state of the art Discovery Centre will be located at the front of the museum in the grade II listed Abberley House and the garden will become a functional space connecting it to the museum. To find out more about these exciting developments come along to hear the Museum Director, Amanda Hart, explain more.

Booking recommended

Admission

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

film Spectre

Rural Cinema - Spectre

  • 26 — 27 March 2016 From 2:15pm

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 March, 2.15pm

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Booking Recommended

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £5 Adults, £4 Concessions Booking Recommended

Whittington Court Villa

New Acquisitions: Whittington Villa

  • 29 March 2016 From 11am

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Tuesday 29 March, 11-12.30pm

Be amongst the first to see some of the Museum’s amazing new acquisitions from the Whittington Court Roman Villa excavations conducted 65 years ago.

Admission

Included in admission

Child Drawing

Stretchy Knights

  • 29 March 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Tuesday 29 March, 10-11am

Explore the world of chivalry and create your own medieval knight to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

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

Mosaic  made by children

Mini Mosaics

  • 30 March 2016 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 30 March, 10.30-12pm

Be inspired by the Roman art of mosaic making by creating your own mosaic tile to take home. All materials and instruction provided.

Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Child Mask

Gargoyle Masks

  • 30 March 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Wednesday 30 March, 10-11am

Often carved in stone on churches and other buildings, beastly gargoyles can be seen. Come along and create your own gargoyle mask to take home.

Cost: £1.50 per child or free for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Anglo Saxons actors

30 Years of Butler’s Field

  • 31 March 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with James Harris
Thursday 31 March, 7– 8.30pm

The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Butler’s Field near Lechlade was an exciting and prolific discovery adding to our understanding of the burial practices, daily life, appearance, technology and health of Anglo Saxons in the Cotswolds. It has been three decades since the rapid excavations took place, the objects carefully conserved and ultimately placed on public display in the Corinium Museum. Join Collections Officer, James Harris to find out about the Anglo-Saxon site, cemetery, excavations and people that were unearthed 30 years ago.


James Harris is a qualified conservator and has worked for Shropshire Museums, the National Trust, English Heritage, and the Pitt Rivers Museum before joining the Corinium Museum in 2014 as Collections Officer.


Booking essential

Admission

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

Jolly Jesters

  • 31 March 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in
Thursday 31 March, 10-11am

Explore the medieval court where fun, feasting and entertainment took place. Create a jolly jester character to keep your family entertained.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child or 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.
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.

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.

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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