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.
Cotswold Club logo

Cotswold Arts Club Exhibition -Affordable Art

  • 5 — 29 October 2017 *on now

An exhibition of affordable art by local artists. The Cotswold Art Club was founded in 1931 and gives support and encouragement to artist’s working in the Cotswolds. Its primary role is to provide local artists with the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Based in Cheltenham it arranges an annual programme including artist’s demonstrations, workshops, en plein air painting and exhibitions.

This exhibition will present a varied selection of original work in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media. All work is by club members and is available to purchase and take away. The club always welcomes new members. www.cotswoldartclub.com

Free admission
All work for sale

Admission

Free admission

Cath Hodsman drawing

Autumn Insects

  • 16 — 30 October 2017 *on now

Mini Exhibition by Cath Hodsman
16 October – 30 October

This art exhibition celebrates the fascinating anatomy, diversity, colour, shape, form and importance of insects in the autumn. 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. Stunning work for sale.

Included in admission
Art work for sale

Admission

Included in admission

Iighthouse on of Derek pictures

Landscapes and Seascapes

  • 2 November — 2 December 2017

Mini Exhibition by Derek Taylor


A collection of artwork featuring watercolour and acrylic paintings. From ships on vivid blue seas to tranquil countryside and woodland scenes. Derek Taylor is an artist from Malmesbury whose love of colour has inspired his varied and interesting work.

Included in admission
Art work for sale

Admission

Included in admission

Found Fired &  Fab exhibition

Found Fired and Fabulous

  • 2 — 26 November 2017

Mixed Craft exhibition


Found objects, fired glass and ceramics become unique, colourful and delicate creations in a fabulous exhibition by five local artists. Marion Mitchell translates watercolour into fantastic ceramic sculptures and bowls. Amanda Moriarty's utilises dynamic colour to create unique kiln-fired glass. Tara Davidson’s new ‘Poetry in Porcelain’ and rusty gold-edged bowls are inspired by her life and firing processes. Hannah Mathison's reclaimed metal and wood sculptures transport you to a world of inspiration and creativity. Gourd and Horse presents a range of functional handcrafted stoneware including yarn bowls, orchid pots and tableware.
Perfect gifts for Christmas.

Admission free
All work for sale

Admission

Admission free

Different sides of the tracks A Saunders oil on canvas 2016

Animal Magnetism

  • 30 November 2017 — 7 January 2018

Exhibition by Anita Saunders
30 November – 7 January

Anita Saunders is a figurative artist, printmaker and illustrator taking inspiration from the stunning rural setting of the Cotswolds in the UK. Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cotswolds; the people, animals and plants of her childhood delighted and fascinated her.

This exhibition shares Anita’s love and admiration for the natural world, expressed through a variety of media: paintings, textiles and print making. Beautiful artworks and furnishings for the country home. Perfect gifts for Christmas.

Free admission
All art works 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.
The Bicycle Thieves film

Corinium Cinema - The Bicycle Thieves

  • 19 October 2017 7-8:45pm

Thursday 19 October, 7pm

Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio, salvation has come… until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle. Bicycle Thieves is one of the most captivating and moving humanist stories.


Run time: 1 hr 33 min (U)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult £5.25 concessions

Herbalist Monk

Roman Clothing and Textiles

  • 21 October 2017 2-3pm

Gallery Tour with Dr Valija Evalds
Saturday 21 October, 2-3pm

Join Valija for a tour of the Roman galleries, examining the garments shown in works of Roman art. We’ll explore how knowledge of fashion, fibres and dyes can enrich our understanding of Roman images.

Cost: £5.00 per adult, free to season ticket holders

Admission

Cost: £5.00 per adult, free to season ticket holders

Children at a workshop

Monster Maracas

  • 21 October 2017 2-3pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 2-3pm

Musical instruments have been used for thousands of years. Create your own maraca and decorate it inspired by the beasts and creatures from myths and legends gone by.

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5.00 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5.00 for season ticket holders

Masks from Myths

Mythical Masks

  • 21 October 2017 11am-12pm

Family Drop-in & Discovery Zone
With Valija Evalds and Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 11-12pm

Learn about Roman myths through stories and objects. Create your own mask based on a character from Roman myth and legend and put it on for a fantastical photo.

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 5 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Black Burnished ware pot

Roman Pots

  • 21 October 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in & Discovery Zone
With Valija Evalds and Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 10-11am

Learn about Roman pottery and how it was used through examining real Roman pot shards and handling replica pots. Then decorate your own pot on paper and assemble the mock pieces as an archaeologist would do.

Suitable for ages 5 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Mummy Peg Doll

Egyptian Mummy Peg Dolls

  • 23 October 2017 10:30-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Monday 23 October, 10.30-11.30am

No need to keep this activity under wraps! Let’s celebrate the season with a friendly and historical ghoul. These adorable Egyptian peg dolls will delight and entertain, and don’t forget to bring your mummy!


Booking required
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 season ticket holders

Author Steve Anthony

Unplugged’ and ‘When I Grow Up’

  • 24 October 2017 From 10:30am

Special Family Event with Steve Antony (author and illustrator)
Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-12pm

Children’s author Steve Antony visits the museum to celebrate the launch of his new books ‘Unplugged’ about enjoying outdoors and ‘When I Grow Up’ which is from Matilda the Musical, written by Tim Minchin. Join Steve for an interactive reading of his books and create ‘story stones’ whilst learning how to write and illustrate a great story. Take time to look around the museum for inspiration if you wish.
Waterstones will be selling copies of Steve’s books and he will be happy to sign books after the event.

In partnership with Waterstones and Hachette Children's Books.

Booking essential as places are limited
Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 season ticket holders

fortuna stone

Drawing Archaeology

  • 25 October 2017 10am-1pm

Adult Workshop with James Harris
Wednesday 25 October, 10-1pm

Join James to draw some rarely seen artefacts from the store from Stone Age to Medieval. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring any art equipment and a sketchbook. This is a relaxed and friendly workshop with gentle guidance if needed.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Cost: £15 per adult, £12 for season ticket holders

Cath Hodsman workshop

Incredible Insects

  • 25 October 2017 10am-1pm

Children’s Workshop with Cath Hodsman
Wednesday 25 October, 10-1pm

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 the museum if you have younger children who are interested.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

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

kelmscott manor

William Morris in the Cotswolds

  • 26 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Juliet Heslewood

William Morris is known for his association with the Pre-Raphaelite painters. His work in the Cotswolds, through ‘Morris & Co’ can be seen in many church windows. Less known are the significant periods of time he spent here, not only at his home, Kelmscott, but while staying with friends in Broadway. Here his ideas for the protection of British buildings took root.

Juliet Heslewood MA, is an author and art historian. Juliet studied History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse.

Admission

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

Genialis Tombstone

Tombstones

  • 26 October 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Thursday 26 October, 11-12.30pm

Come and be an archaeologist! Learn to decode the Museums Roman tombstone inscriptions including the recently discovered Bodicacia tombstone. Have a go at using the Roman alphabet to write your own name.

Admission

Included in admission
Free for season ticket holders

Hosteller Monk

Be a Medieval Monk

  • 26 October 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Valija Evalds
Thursday 26 October, 10.30-12pm

How did monks at Cirencester Abbey live 900 years ago? This workshop recreates a monastic day in miniature. Wear a monk’s habit, make a manuscript to take home, learn about medieval saints, herb gardens & medicine, and pray like it’s 1117.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

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

Monster Island Film

Family Film Friday – Monster Island

  • 27 October 2017 11am-12:30pm

Friday 27 October, 11am

When young Lucas finds out he's not really a human, the news changes his whole world. Especially since his first monster transformation happened in front of the most popular kids at school!

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children
Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children

Viceroys House Film

Rural Cinema Viceroys House

  • 28 — 29 October 2017 2:15-4pm

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 2.15pm

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

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

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession

The Film Their Finest

Corinium Cinema - Their Finest

  • 9 November 2017 7-8:45pm

Thursday 9 November, 7pm

A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk. Starring Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin.

Run time: 1 hr. 54 min. (12A)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Iron Age Bone Toggle

Revealing a New Collection

  • 9 November 2017 2:30-4pm

Afternoon Talk with James Harris

Come and see the big reveal and learn about a metal-detected collection from the Cotswold Water Parks which spans from the Bronze Age to post-Medieval. What stories can nearly 400 objects tell us about one site? See the real objects. This one is not to be missed!

Booking recommended

Admission

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

Poster for the bands Playing the Museum

The Corinium Sessions

  • 10 November 2017 8-10pm

Special Event
Friday 10 November, 8-10pm

A musical fundraising event for the ‘Stone Age to Corinium’ project.

Following the Success of our first sessions join us once again for a magical night of Music amongst the Mosaics. A chance to enjoy the very best of local original talent and Cirencester’s rich heritage, whilst raising funds towards the Stone Age to Corinium project.

We welcome the incredible Elles Bailey - 'One to Watch for 2017'. Local duo ‘A New Leaf,’ ‘Counter Measures’ whose vocal stylings breathe life into songs new and old, alongside the amazing singer songwriter Emily-Jane Sheppard. Refreshments available. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open 7:45pm.

Cost: £10 per adult, £9 for Season ticket holders
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £10 per adult, £9 for Season ticket holders

Angel's head from Cirencester Abbey

The Year 1217

  • 16 November 2017 2-4pm

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

800 years ago England was in the throes of a massive insurrection and a foreign invasion. That it survived intact and retained its ruling dynasty, was down to one 70 year old man – William Marshall the Regent. This talk will tell the story of an amazing, epic year of war, intrigue and larger-than-life characters.


Booking recommended

Admission

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

Genialis Tombstone

Calligraphy - Roman Capitals

  • 16 November 2017 10am-1pm

Adult Workshop with Adele Dark
Thursday 16 November, 10-1pm

Look at the original Roman Capital lettering carved into stone in the Corinium Museum collections. With artist Adele Dark, learn about the form and design of Roman Capital letters as used in calligraphy. Practicing this ancient art, you will design a panel about you including your name.

Adele Dark, Artist and Calligrapher, is a fully qualified teacher who has worked with museums, art centres and schools both in Jersey and the UK. Adele is member of the Society of Scribes and a printmaking graduate. Visit adeledark.squarespace.com

Cost: £25 per adult, £22 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £25 per adult, £22 for season ticket holders

The Great British Dream Factory book by Dominic Sandbrook

Evening Lecture with Dominic Sandbrook

  • 23 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Join author and TV presenter Dominic Sandbrook for an evening lecture in the Corinium Museum. Dominic Sandbrook is the author of many books, most recently The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination, published by Penguin Books. He is the presenter of a number of highly successful BBC television series, on subjects as diverse as the joys of the Volkswagen and the history of science fiction. He writes reviews and articles principally for the Sunday Times and Daily Mail. Dominic will be happy to sign books after his talk.

In partnership with Waterstones and Penguin Books


Booking recommended

Admission

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

The Promise film

Rural Cinema - The Promise

  • 25 — 26 November 2017 2:15pm

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November - 2.15pm

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, 'The Promise' follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

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

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession

saxon bead

Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire

  • 30 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Carolyn Heighway

Carolyn Heighway will discuss Gloucestershire from the end of Roman rule to the coming of the Normans. It is a long period, over 600 years, and only thinly documented through at least the first half of that time. Drawing on archaeological evidence alongside the written word, Carolyn will build up a picture of Anglo-Saxon life in the county.

Carolyn Heighway is an archaeological consultant with special expertise in the archaeology of Gloucester and the Anglo-Saxon period. She is a director, with her husband Richard Bryant, of Past Historic.


Booking recommended

Admission

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

Chedworth recon

Latin for Beginners

  • 5 December 2017 10am-4pm

Adult Day School with George Sharpley

Join George Sharpley of the LATIN QVARTER and spend a day exploring Latin, the classical writers and their lives. Hear the language read aloud and read some ancient and medieval stories in Latin. George will present an introduction to how the language works, and discover Latin words behind so many English ones, all in one fun day.
George Sharpley is a Latin teacher and author of 'The Complete Latin Course' (Routledge 2014) and 'Get Started in Latin' (1997, latest ed. 2014). George presents courses in cathedrals and Roman sites around the country on Latin, Roman poets and Roman history. www.latinqvarter.co.uk

Booking recommended
Suitable for ages 16 and above

Admission

Cost: £45 per adult, £40 concessions and season ticket holders

It's a Wonderful Life Film

Corinium Cinema - It’s a Wonderful Life

  • 14 December 2017 From 7pm

Thursday 14 December, 7pm

Special screening of the classic Christmas film. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he had never existed. Festive refreshments available.

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions
Run time: 2 hr. 15 min (U)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult, £5.25 concessions

Christmas Star

Christmas Decorations

  • 18 December 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Rebecca Shellenberger
Monday 18 December, 10-11am

At this special time of year, join us to make a special memento. These sparkly decorations will look festive on a tree, and are small enough to post to friends and family the world over. Help your child design something special to mark this celebratory season.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

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

reindeerpots

Christmas Mosaics

  • 19 December 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 19 December, 10.30-12pm

Learn 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. Please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Santa

Stories with Santa

  • 20 December 2017 10am-12pm

The Yarn Whisperer
Wednesday 20 December, 10-10.30am and 11.30-12pm

Celebrate Christmas with a visit to the museum to meet Santa in a stunning grotto. Hear what life is like through tales from the North Pole. Santa will share his stories from the North Pole which feature elves, penguins, polar bears and Mrs Claus. The story will last 15-20 minutes followed by traditional gift giving to the children in the audience. A special experience for all the family.

Cost: £2 per adult, £3 per child (includes a gift from Santa)
Booking essential. Book early to avoid disappointment
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £2 per adult, £3 per child (includes a gift from Santa)

Mosaic mad romans and christmas

Medieval Winter Beasts

  • 27 December 2017 10:30-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Valija Evalds
Wednesday 27 December, 10.30-11.30am

Medieval monks made encyclopaedias of animals and birds, both real and mythical. Join us to create your own Bestiary, drawing animals from the local winter landscape and animals from your imagination. Make a winter bestiary to take home.


Suitable for ages 6 and above

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 for season ticket holders

Xmas Dannicus

Medieval New Year's Greetings

  • 28 December 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Valija Evalds
Thursday 28 December, 10-11am

In the Middle Ages monks and nuns sent greetings at New Years instead of Christmas, along with sweets and remedies made in their herb gardens. Join us to create a printed and coloured New Year’s greeting to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

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

RSC Logo

Twelfth Night

  • 14 February 2018 7-9:45pm

Corinium Cinema RSC Live
William Shakespeare
Wednesday 14 February, 7pm

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heart breaking. Twins Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. Christopher Luscombe and the creative team that brought you the beautiful Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 & 2016) return with Shakespeare’s greatest comedy.

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society Members
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society Members

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

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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