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 900 Logo

Abbey 900 Art Exhibition

  • 1 — 29 June 2017 *on now

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.

Cirencester church

Cirencester Arts Society

  • 7 September — 1 October 2017

7 September – 1 October

An eclectic exhibition showcasing works from the Cirencester Arts Society. Members use a variety of media and subject areas are diverse. Visitors are invited to view a wide range of work by artists in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media.

Cirencester Arts Society has over 50 members who have a shared interest in creating art, developing skills and showcasing their work in exhibitions around the local area.

Free Admission. 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.
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

Ethel & Ernest Family Film

Ethel and Ernest

  • 29 — 30 July 2017 2:15pm

Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents. An entertaining and heart-warming story about two people who fall in love against the background of immense social change in the mid-20th Century.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

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

Heritage logo

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day

  • 10 September 2017 2-5pm

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day
Sunday 10 September, 2-5pm

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

Crucfix from cirencester abbey

The People of Cirencester Abbey

  • 12 September 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Emma Stuart and Craig Jones

Cirencester Abbey or St Mary's Abbey, Cirencester in Gloucestershire was founded as an Augustinian monastery in 1117 on the site of an earlier Anglo-Saxon church. This afternoon talk will draw upon a fusion of evidence exploring the people associated with the medieval Abbey. We will discuss excavated finds and data analysis from human remains, largely uncovered during the 1964-66 excavations.

Booking essential

Admission

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

Film Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Corinium Cinema - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • 14 September 2017 7-8:30pm

Thursday 14 September, 7pm

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Uncle Hec go on the run. The newly branded outlaws must go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.


Run time: 1 hr. 39 min. Cert: (12A)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Bronze Axe

Bronze in the Bronze Age: What was it for?

  • 28 September 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Rachel Crellin

The arrival of bronze metallurgy irrevocably altered the prehistoric world. Bronze plays a key role in the stories that we can tell about the Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland. The majority of research focusses on manufacture and deposition of bronze objects, but how were they actually used? Combining experimental work with metal weapons and tools with analyses of prehistoric axes, swords and spears we will begin to consider the changing uses and meanings of bronze during the Bronze Age.

Rachel Crellin is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses primarily on the archaeology of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Britain and Ireland.

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.
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.

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.

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

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