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

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

Abbey 900 Logo

Abbey 900 Art Exhibition

  • 1 — 29 June 2017

Cirencester College Students
Curated by Peter Evans
1 June – 25 June

First and second year Art and Design students collaborate to produce an exhibition in celebration of Abbey 900.
The unwary Corinium Museum visitor will be confronted with an installation of repurposed shop mannequins taking their inspiration for historical research and theatrical costume from the likes of the fantasy of Baron Munchausen, the characterisations from Blackadder and the novelty and invention from Steampunk to bring an awareness and interest in history to a younger (and older!) audience.
Art, as in many disciplines, continues to grow – feeding from an admiration of the past and re-interpreted by creative individuals who discover contemporary links to make the past relevant for today

Free admission

Admission

Free admission

Robert Aker Painting

‘Cotswold’

  • 29 June — 30 July 2017

An exhibition of paintings by Rupert Aker
29 June - 30 July

Rupert is a Cotswold landscape painter, based in a studio at Painswick in Gloucestershire. He walks the valleys and hills, gaining inspiration from the woods, wolds and field walls, painting ‘en plein air’ when possible. His aim is to capture the effects of the light on the land though the medium of oil paint with palette knife.

Free admission. All work for sale

Admission

Free admission

Sain Summerhayes cat door stops

Colourful Creations

  • 3 August — 3 September 2017

Exhibition by Sian Summerhayes
3 August – 3 September

This exhibition is a collection of artwork by Sian Summerhayes featuring original paintings, giclee prints, hand-painted jewellery, homewares and hanging ornaments. Sian works on an array of surfaces including paper, wood, slate and fabric to create original pieces and prints as well as decorative and functional items for the home and to wear. Bright and busy, her style is cheerful, colourful and pattern-orientated, inspired by countryside scenes and homely interiors.
Quirky depictions of birds and animals are a trademark of her work, combining a folky yet contemporary feel. Sian Summerhayes is a local artist living and working in the Stroud area of the Cotswolds.
All work for sale

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.
Skeleton

Evening Lecture - Skeletons in the Storeroom – with Craig Jones

  • 27 April 2017 7-8:30pm *on now

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

Film Light Between Oceans

Rural Cinema -The Light Between Oceans

  • 29 — 30 April 2017 2:15-4:15pm

Based on the extraordinary best-selling novel from M.L Stedman, The Light Between oceans, is a beautiful yet heart-breaking story of love and sacrifice. On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating. Also starring Rachel Weisz and produced by David Heyman.

Admission

Cost: £5.40 per adult, £4.60 concession
Booking recommended

Film Captain Fantastic

Corinium Cinema - Captain Fantastic

  • 11 May 2017 7-8:45pm

Thursday 11 May, 7pm

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them.

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions
Run time: 1 hr. 58 min. Cert: (15)
Booking recommended

A Bone Comb

Recent Excavations at Cirencester

  • 18 May 2017 2:30-1:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Dr Alison Brookes

Across Cirencester and its immediate environs archaeological investigation continues to expand our understanding of the Prehistoric past. Join Alison in the latest of a series of talks to hear about the excavations carried out at Kingshill North and the Beeches Playing Fields, Cirencester. There will be an opportunity to see the archive and finds from the excavations.

Admission

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

Alfred Coin

The Medieval Coinage of England

  • 25 May 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Roger Box
Thursday 25 May, 7-8.30pm

Roger Box returns to the Corinium Museum to share the world of the medieval coinage of England. He will cite examples from local rarities including silver pennies from Gloucester, Bath, Malmesbury, Cricklade and Winchcombe and offer a whistle-stop coin tour from the early medieval period through to the Civil War. Roger Box has been called upon to impart his expertise in local discoveries ranging from the King Alfred penny through to the Western-sub-Edge Civil War coin hoard, now in the Corinium Museum collections. He will interpret the meaning and translate the messages such coins convey, whilst placing them into the context of the medieval period.

Roger Box is a retired forensic archaeologist, numismatist and war crimes investigator with four decades of specialist knowledge in Roman and Medieval coinage.

Admission

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

Film La La Land

Rural Cinema La La Land

  • 27 — 28 May 2017 2:15pm

In this modern take on the Hollywood musical from Damien Chazelle, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of 'Whiplash', Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love..

Admission

Cost: £5.40 per adult, £4.60 concession
Booking recommended

Mother goddess stone

Mother Goddesses

  • 29 May 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Monday 29 May, 11-12.30pm

The cult of the Mother Goddesses was one of the most popular cults in Corinium, join Heather for a close up look at some exquisite statues depicting the fertility Goddesses.

Included in admission

Admission

Included in admission

children making a craft

Gargoyles on Sticks

  • 30 May 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 30 May, 10-11am

Gargoyles with long tongues and animal faces appear on religious buildings across the Cotswolds. Join us to create a medieval beast on a stick to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

MinI Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 31 May 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart


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

Cost: £7.75 per child, £6.75 for season ticket holders
Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above but please enquire about bringing younger children

Admission

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

Chilren with anglo saxon sheilds

Saxon Shields

  • 1 June 2017 From 10am

Family Drop-in with James Harris
Thursday 1 June, 10-11am

When the Anglo-Saxons took to the battlefields, they protected themselves from weapons with patterned shields. Join us to create your very own Saxon shield 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

Lion Film

Corinum Cinema - Lion

  • 8 June 2017 From 7pm

Thursday 8 June, 7pm

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions
Run time: 1 hr. 58 min. Cert: (PG)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Roman Mosaics picture

Roman Countryside

  • 22 June 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with James Harris
Thursday 22 June, 2.30-3.30pm

The majority of the Romano-British population lived outside of the major towns and cities. What does the Romano-British countryside tell us about British Iron Age practices? What changes came with the conquest? Join James for a bird’s eye view of the Romano-British Cotswold countryside.


Booking essential

Admission

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

Jackie Film

Rural Cinema - Jackie

  • 24 — 25 June 2017 2:15pm

'Jackie' is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.40 per adult, £4.60 concession

Bronze Age Boat

Morgawr: An Experimental Bronze Age Boat Project

  • 29 June 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Jenny Wittamore
Thursday 29 June - 7pm - 8.30pm

In Cornwall in 2012 a team of archaeologists, curators and boat builders embarked on a remarkable project to build a full scale replica of a Bronze Age sewn plank boat. This world first in experimental archaeology brought about new insights into the maritime world in prehistory. The project curator tells us her story.

Jenny Wittamore is a freelance curator and researcher. She spent the first 11 years of her career working with the collections at the multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall and now specialises in documenting the history of classic yachts.


Booking essential

Admission

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

Daniel Billing Band

The Corinium Sessions:

  • 30 June 2017 From 7pm

A Musical Fundraising Event for the Stone Age to Corinium Project
Special Event
Friday 30 June, 7pm

Join us for a truly magical musical experience in Cirencester’s most unique venue. Enjoy an acoustic evening amongst the mosaics as some of the areas most talented songwriters and performers gather to help raise funds towards the museum’s Stone Age to Corinium project. The project will enable us to create a hands on Discovery Centre and new Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Early Roman interactive galleries.

Join the wonderfully talented ‘Ethemia’, local folk prodigies ‘The Unsung Roots’ and popular local singer and songwriter ‘Daniel Billing’ plus others. Take the chance to explore the museum with what promises to be a fantastic sound track to your visit in this very special one of a kind evening. Refreshments will be available. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.


Tickets available from the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre at the Corinium Museum
01285 654180

Admission

Cost: £10 per adult, £9 season ticket holders (includes entry to the museum)

The Beatles Movie Poster

Corinium Cinema - The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

  • 13 July 2017 7-9pm

In 1962 four young men - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - came together to form the 20th century musical phenomenon known as 'The Beatles'. The band stormed Europe in 1963 and, in 1964, they conquered America. With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure.


Run time: 2 hr. Cert: (12A)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Bronze age Axe

Treasure Highlights from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

  • 20 July 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Kurt Adams
Thursday 20 July, 2.30-3.30pm

Join Kurt Adams, Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire, to hear about the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Every year thousands of Prehistoric, Roman, Saxon and Medieval objects are unearthed across Britain. This talk will reveal some of the recent discoveries unearthed in Gloucestershire. There will also be an opportunity to share your discoveries or finds with Kurt. If you have objects you would like identified please bring them along.

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

Admission

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

Bone Comb

Become an Archaeologist

  • 24 July 2017 From 11am

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Monday 24 July, 11-12.30pm

Have a go at excavating for real Roman artefacts from our collection, Learn how to draw and identify the objects you find.

Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Festival of Archaelogy

Festival of Archaeology - Illustration Demonstration

  • 25 July 2017 10am-12pm

Demonstration by Cotswold Archaeology
Tuesday 25 July, 10-12pm

Join Finds Manager, Ed McSloy and Find Officer, Jacky Sommerville and Illustrator, Lucy Martin from Cotswold Archaeology to see how archaeologists record the artefacts they find through illustrations. These drawings are then put into site reports for future reference.

Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Tank Mosaic made by a child

Mini Mosaics

  • 26 July 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart


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

Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above but please enquire about bringing younger children

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per child, £6.25 for season ticket holders

Festival of Archaelogy

Festival of Archaeology - Meet an Archaeologist

  • 26 July 2017 10am-12pm

Special Event by Cotswold Archaeology

Join Ed and Jacky from Cotswold Archaeology to explore some of the finds from excavations undertaken by the Cotswold Archaeology team. They will be on hand to talk about their roles as archaeologists and some of the objects they unearth, as well as answer inquisitive questions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Bone Comb

Become an Archaeologist

  • 27 July 2017 2-3:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Thursday 27 July, 2-3.30pm

Have a go at digging for real Roman artefacts from our collection, drawing and trying to identify them.

Included in admission

Admission

Included in admission

Boy dressed as a roman

Roman Shields

  • 27 July 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with James Harris
Thursday 27 July, 10-11am

When the Romans took to the battlefields, they protected themselves from weapons with huge decorated shields. Join us to create your very own Roman shield 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 making a print

Printmaking

  • 27 July 2017 From 10:30am

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 25 July, 10.30-12pm

Using our archaeological collections for inspiration, join us for a workshop making a series of printing techniques and take your creations home.

Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above but please enquire about bringing younger children

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

cockerel in the museum

Roman Cockerels

  • 1 August 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 1 August, 10-11am

Inspired by the rare bronze cockerel in the museum collections that was found in a child’s grave. Join us to create your very own cockerel on a stick 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.

Dannicus the dog

Roman Soldier on a Stick

  • 3 August 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with James Harris
Thursday 3 August, 10-11am

Roman soldiers had special kit which they bought themselves once they joined the Roman Army. Join us to create your very own Roman soldier on a stick to take home.

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Mad Romans Mosaics

Mini Mosaics

  • 8 August 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart

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

Booking essential
Suitable for ages 7 and above

Admission

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

Model of Abbey

Pop-up Medieval Abbey

  • 9 August 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Emma Stuart

2017 celebrates 900 years since the founding of the Abbey in Cirencester. Come along to the museum to make your own pop-up abbey to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

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

Street cat named Bob Film

Corinium Cinema - A Street Cat Named Bob

  • 10 August 2017 From 7pm

The film adaptation of James Bowen’s much-loved, best-selling book. ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.


Run time: 1 hr. 43 min. Cert: (12A)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Roman Mosaic

Roman Draw

  • 15 August 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Drawing Workshop with James Harris

During this workshop children will have a unique opportunity to create a mini exhibition of their drawings of real artefacts from the museum store. James will offer gentle advice on drawing techniques.


Suitable for ages 7 and above

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Mammoth made by a child

Pop-up Ice Age

  • 16 August 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Emma Stuart

Join us at the museum to create a scene of mammoths and sabre-tooth cats in their Ice Age haven to taken home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

A Shield

Medieval Abbey Heraldry

  • 17 August 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with James Harris

Join James to take a look at the heraldic devices of the medieval period. Explore their meanings and examine collections that bear the arms and armour of medieval families.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Mosaic tank

Mini Mosaics

  • 22 August 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart

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

Booking essential
Suitable for ages 7 and above

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Mammoth made by a child

Woolly Mammoths

  • 24 August 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with James Harris
Thursday 24 August, 10-11am

Thousands of years ago, woolly mammoths used to roam across the Cotswold landscape. Join us to create a woolly mammoth to take home.

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 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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