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.
Some Pots

Wood Fired Ceramics

  • 26 May — 26 June 2016 *on now

Exhibition by Eeles Family Pottery

Eeles Family Pottery, based in Mosterton, West Dorset, are delighted to announce that they are holding an Exhibition of over 300 pieces of new work at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester. The family of 5 potters create stoneware, porcelain and raku using basic ingredients such as ball clay from near Poole, china clay from South Devon, fine alluvial sand from West Dorset and granite from Cornwall. Most simple ingredients used with rare skill, create the most unusual results.

All items for sale

Admission

Free Admission

Naukratis figure

A Greek in Egypt: The Hunter from Naulratis

  • 28 May — 17 July 2016

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

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

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.
Bush Barrow Gold

Gold from the time of Stonehenge (Bronze Age Collection at the Wiltshire Museum)

  • 26 May 2016 7-8:30pm *on now

Evening Lecture with David Dawson
Thursday 26 May, 7-8.30pm

‘Gold from the Time of Stonehenge’ will uncover Bronze Age collections at the Wiltshire Museum and place them into the context of people and landscape. The Wiltshire Museum is the home of the best Bronze Age collections in Britain. This beautifully illustrated lecture outlines the remarkable craftsmanship and stunning objects found with the burials of the chieftains, important women and priests who used Stonehenge for their ceremonies.
David Dawson is Director of the award-wining Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, and is an archaeologist who has worked in museums in Sussex, Canterbury and Oxfordshire.
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
Booking essential

Bridge of Spies film

Rural Cinema – Bridge of Spies

  • 28 — 29 May 2016 2:15pm

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies is a dramatic thriller which tells the story of James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn insurance claims lawyer who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult £4.40 concession
Booking recommended

Diana Statue

Roman Statues

  • 31 May 2016 From 11am

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Tuesday 31 May, 11-12.30pm

Join Heather for a close up look at some of our Roman statues, revealing many that are not on display. Hear the stories of Roman gods and goddesses, including Diana, goddess of the hunt.
This event coincides with the British Museum spotlight display.
Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

A mosaic from the Corinium Museum

Family Drop-in -Hunting Dogs

  • 31 May 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Tuesday 31 May, 10-11am

Create a hunting dog on a stick, just like our hunt cup on the mosaic floor. This event celebrates the British Museum spotlight display.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Bronze Diana Statue

Family Drop-in - Diana and Actaeon Masks

  • 1 June 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Wednesday 1 June, 10-11am

Join Jane to create a character from the myth of Diana and Actaeon; you could chose the goddess Diana, Actaeon the hunter or a hunting dog to take home.
To celebrate the British Museum spotlight display.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Bill Film

Family Film - Bill

  • 3 June 2016 From 11am

Family Film Bill


This film tells the story of 'what really happened' during Shakespeare's 'lost years' - how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

Booking Recommended

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children

Family Film

Family Film Friday

  • 3 June 2016 11am-12:30pm

Family Film Friday
Friday 3 June, 11am

Each school holiday we will be selecting a film for families to enjoy. Film titles are released approximately 4-6 weeks in advance. For film titles contact the Corinium Museum or visit our website.
Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children
Booking Recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

The Dressmaker Film

Corinium Cinema -The Dressmaker

  • 9 June 2016 7-9pm

Thursday 9 June, 7pm

A glamorous woman (Kate Winslet) returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 1 hr 58 min. (12A) Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 1 hr 58 min. (12A) Booking recommended

Naukratis Statue

Hunting Gods and Goddess of Corinium

  • 23 June 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with James Harris
Thursday 23 June, 2.30-3.30pm

To coincide with the temporary display of The Hunter from Naukratis from the British Museum, James will explore some of the sculptural objects from the Roman Cotswolds that have attributes linked to hunting. This talk will include some rarely seen objects from the Museum’s reserve collections.

Booking recommended

Admission

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

Dads Army Flim

Rural Cinema Dad’s Army

  • 25 — 26 June 2016 2:15pm

Rural Cinema Dad’s Army
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June, 2.15pm

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then - to patrol the Dover army base - is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There's a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession

Chedworth Roman Villa

Recent Archaeology at Chedworth Roman Villa

  • 30 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Nick Humphris
Thursday 30 June, 7-8.30pm

Discover 2000 years of history at Chedworth Roman Villa through past and present archaeological excavation. Evidence for the first simple stone structure at Chedworth Roman Villa dates to the 2nd-century AD. Over the next two centuries the Villa was extended and improved, reaching it heyday in the 4th-century AD, between 360-380AD. During this time Chedworth Roman Villa was a place of wealth, luxury and comfort. Imagine stunning mosaic floors, extensive bath house rooms and features made of marble so precious it was usually reserved for the imperial family. Join Nick Humphris to hear about Chedworth Roman Villa’s Archaeological Excavations since 2013.

Booking essential

Admission

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

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

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

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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