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.
Naukratis figure

A Greek in Egypt: The Hunter from Naulratis

  • 28 May — 17 July 2016 *on now

A British Museum Spotlight Tour - Special Event
28 May – 17 July

The hunter from Naukratis is a spotlight display developed by the British Museum to explore the encounter between the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, Cyprus, Phoenicia, Persia, and Rome. At the dawn of the Classical Age, Egypt opened a port at Naukratis, welcoming the peoples of the Mediterranean to trade. There the Greeks were allowed to build sanctuaries in which to worship their gods, whilst nearby large Egyptian temples were also constructed.
The spotlight display will highlight the on-going British Museum excavations at Naukratis and show footage of underwater archaeology in the region. The hunter from Naukratis will coincide with the major British Museum exhibition Sunken Cities, on the underwater excavations of the contemporary Egyptian ports of Thonis-Herakleion and Alexandria. Image shows Cypriot limestone figure of a huntsman, Naukratis, Egypt. 575-40 BC

Admission

Free Admission

Painting by Sarah Elizabeth Butler

Exhibition - Land and Sea

  • 30 June — 16 July 2016 *on now

Exhibition by Sarah Elizabeth Butler
30 June – 16 July

Sarah, a recent graduate of BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University, is a Freelance Artist based in Somerset. Her artistic practice lies somewhere between drawing and painting and explores various colourful, highly textural and atmospheric mixed-media techniques. Flitting between the idyllic Cornish coast and beautiful countryside of Somerset, this collection of work offers an eclectic mix of expressive Drawings and Paintings. With this body of work, Sarah aims to celebrate the richness of colour, depth and the tiniest of details that can be found in the world around us.
Free Admission
All items for sale

Admission

Free Admission

Mosaic Leopard in the museum

British Association of Modern Mosaicists

  • 20 July — 30 August 2016

"Awakenings: Ancient Themes, New Perspectives"
Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates contemporary mosaic artwork by members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM). BAMM, founded in 1999, exists to promote, encourage and support excellence in mosaic art and to raise public awareness of contemporary mosaic through exhibitions, publications, events and related educational activities. BAMM is an energetic and enthusiastic membership association open to all those interested in contemporary mosaic art, whether you are an artist, a collector, student or enthusiast. Find out more at www.bamm.org.uk

Admission

Free Admission

Screen Print

Printing with Texture and Text

  • 3 — 25 September 2016

Exhibition by Selected Printmakers, curated by Tricia Torrington
3 - 25 September

This exhibition will showcase work from artists who have taken part in workshops, focussing on textural printmaking and 'poetry-into-print'. The exhibition will feature 2D and 3D works, printing onto different surfaces including ceramics, under glass, and works using text, including artists' books. The show confirms how wide-ranging print techniques are, and is colourful, exciting and full of interest.


Artworks 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.
Amelie Film

Corinium Cinema - Amelie

  • 14 July 2016 7-9pm

Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 2 hr. 1 min. (15). Booking recommended

Archaeology Iitems

Recent Excavations in Bourton on the Water

  • 21 July 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Dr Alison Brookes


Archaeological excavations by Cotswold Archaeology were undertaken at the Cotswold School in 2011. They revealed the remains of significant archaeological deposits consisting of 240 pits and postholes, 6 ditches and 21 human burials. Join Dr Alison Brookes to discover more about a site that has unearthed finds and features from the Iron Age and Roman periods.

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking recommended

Archaeology Identification  Items

Behind the Scenes

  • 22 July 2016 10:30am-12pm

Discovery Zone with Alison Brookes and James Harris


Join the collections team for a very special first-come-first-served opportunity to go behind the scenes of the museum. Explore the secrets of our stored collection including Roman artefacts from the founding Bathurst and Cripps collections.

Booking essential – only 20 places available

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders

Eddie the Eagle Film

Rural Cinema- Eddie the Eagle

  • 23 — 24 July 2016 2:15-4pm

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July, 2.15pm

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.

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

Admission

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

Cupcake Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 25 July 2016 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 26 July, 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

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £7.50 per child, £6.50 for season ticket holders

Myth Mask

Family Drop-in - Centurion Masks

  • 25 July 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer


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


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Archaeology Identification Items

Become an Archaeologist

  • 26 July 2016 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Tuesday 26 July, 11-12.30pm

Have a go at handling real Roman artefacts from our collections, drawing and trying to identify them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

 Children with roman shields

Family Drop-in - Roman Standards

  • 27 July 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer


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

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Boy with sword portrait

Family Drop-in - Roman Shields

  • 28 July 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with James Harris
Thursday 28 July, 10-11am

Decorate a Roman shield with thunderbolts and eagle wings ready to go into battle and take it home.

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Archaeology Identification Drop-in

Archaeological Identification Drop In

  • 29 July 2016 10am-12pm

Discovery Zone with Kurt Adams
Friday 29 July, 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.

Included in Admission

Admission

Included in Admission

Kung Fu Panda Film

Family Film Friday- Kung Fu Panda 3.

  • 29 July 2016 11am-12:30pm

One of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible - learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Medieval Knight Puppet

Family Drop-in - Medieval Knights

  • 1 August 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Monday 1 August, 10-11am

From an age of dragons and chivalry, decorate a medieval knight to take home.

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Mini Mosaic tile

Children’s Workshop -Mini Mosaics

  • 2 August 2016 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 2 August, 10.30-12pm

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

Cost: £7.50 per child, £6.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential. Suitable for ages 8 and above

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £7.50 per child, £6.50 for season ticket holders

Mask

Family Drop-in - Gargoyle Masks

  • 3 August 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Wednesday 3 August, 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.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Dannicus the Dog

Family Drop-in -Stretchy Scribes

  • 9 August 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Tuesday 9 August, 10-11am

Illuminated letters were pieces of beautiful art and it was often monks or officials of the King’s court that created them. Join Jane to create your own stretchy scribe with quill to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Mosaic in the corinium museum

Introduction to the Mosaics of Roman Corinium

  • 10 August 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 10 August, 2.30-3.30pm

The Roman mosaics of Corinium include some of the finest to have been unearthed in the country. Over 90 are known from the town and although many remain in situ, most of the important mosaics are now in the Corinium Museum. This lecture highlights some of the wonderful mosaics in the Corinium Museum collections, the sites they came from and what we can learn about Roman life from their discovery.

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking recommended

Childem Making a Craft

Family Drop-in - Cockerels on Sticks

  • 10 August 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Wednesday 10 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

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Samian Ware

Discovery Zone - Sport Through Time

  • 11 August 2016 11am-12:30pm

Sport Through Time
Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Tuesday 11 August, 11-12.30pm

From the ancient Olympics which began in Greece and held every 4 years from 776 BC, sport has played a major role in many societies. Learn and even play games and sports from the ancient and more recent past.

Admission

Included in admission

All that Heaven allows Film

Corinium Cinema - All that Heaven Allows

  • 8 September 2016 7-8:30pm

Thursday 8 September, 7pm

An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.


Run time: 1hr. 29 min. (U)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions

Open Day

Special Event - Heritage Open Day

  • 11 September 2016 2-5pm

Sunday 11 September, 2-5pm

An opportunity to look around an award winning museum as part of Heritage Open Days weekend. This special Sunday afternoon we open our doors for free to the public. There is something for everyone with a special family fun trail for the children.

Free admission

Admission

Free admission

The Alfred Bowl

The Alfred Powell Arts and Crafts Bowl

  • 21 September 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Heather Dawson

Alfred Hoare Powell (1865–1960) was an English Arts and Crafts architect, designer and painter of pottery. He believed that architecture and the crafts should create an organic whole with the natural world, and that industrialization and bad building robbed people of the conditions in which they could be happy and create good work. Join Heather Dawson in this afternoon talk to hear about his life and achievements.

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5 for season ticket holders

Dannicus tombstone

Wooden Horses: The Early Occupation of Cirencester

  • 29 September 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Catherine Hoggarth
Thursday 29 September, 7-8.30pm

Beneath Cirencester and the mosaic floors of Corinium lay the remains of a first century military fort. Focusing on objects from the museum's early Roman collection, this talk will explore what we know and can theorize about the life of the Roman auxiliary cavalry at Cirencester in the first century AD. How did the different units differentiate themselves within the confines of the Roman military machine? Did they keep their horses inside or outside the fort? What was the purpose of the Hippika gymnasia? This talk will also consider how questions like these can further our understanding of the early Roman occupation of Cirencester.

Catherine Hoggarth is a PhD student at the University of Kent researching the bridges of ancient Rome. She is also researching the early Roman period of Cirencester for the Corinium's HLF development project.

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 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.
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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