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.
Creative Forum Prints

‘Discovery’ - A Creative Forum Exhibition

  • 8 August — 6 September 2015 *on now

‘8 August – 6 September
As artists and makers move through their creative life, the process of discovery is an ongoing process and an important part of their practice. This exhibition presents a diverse range of work by members of the group including paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, photography and jewellery.

The group meets once a month at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and is made up of local artists and makers at various stages in their creative careers, from aspiring to professional.

Admission

Free admission. All items for sale

Printmaking in the museum Gallery

‘Deeply Felt’

  • 12 September — 11 October 2015

Exhibition by Sarah Brooker and Celestino Valenti
12 September – 11 October
This exhibition showcases the latest works by Sarah Brooker, textile artist. Her hand-rolled felt wall hangings and framed works bring colour and vibrancy to any space. Using water for inspiration she draws on her favourite colours; turquoises, deep blues and greens.

Sarah studied in Fine Art at Portsmouth, and went on to complete a Post Graduate qualification in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, which took her on a journey uncovering the techniques and possibilities of felt making. Sarah has exhibited nationally for the past 20 yrs and was a resident maker at Brewery Arts, Cirencester for 12 years, moving studios to Chalford last year.

Celestino Valenti designs and produces Regency-style, internationally sought after wirework.
Free Admission

Admission

Free Admission

Art work by Amanda Moriarty

Exhibition - Handmade in Clay-‘Found, Fired and Fabulous’

  • 17 October — 15 November 2015

Found objects, fired glass and ceramics become unique, colourful and delicate creations in a fabulous exhibition by five local artists. Marion Mitchell’s unusual way of applying glaze, oxides and slips create atmospheric depth in her vessels, bowls and wall hangings. Tara Davidson creates beautifully textured ceramics featuring antique lace and plants. Amanda Moriarty's inspiration from urban and rural landscapes utilises dynamic colour to create unique kiln-fired glass. Sue Simmons creates pieces from stoneware and found objects with a gentle and quirky touch and Hannah Mathison's extraordinary reclaimed metal and wood sculptures transport you to a world of inspiration and creativity.
Come along and enjoy this beautiful handmade, selling exhibition.

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.
Roman kitchen in the museum

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day

  • 12 September 2015 10am-5pm

Corinium Museum - Heritage Open Day
Saturday 12 September, 10am – 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 entry. £1 per children’s trail

Medieval Page

Hiberno-Saxon Manuscript Illumination

  • 24 September 2015 7-8:30pm

An Evening Lecture with Amy Jeffs
Thursday 24 September, 7 – 8.30pm
This lecture will guide you through the imagery of some of the finest works of art of Medieval Europe, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells. Exploring the circumstances in which they were created and how they were intended to be received. They are a unique response to the coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England and have much to teach us about the relationship between East and West, old and new, saintly hermits and ambitious kings.

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 for season ticket holders. Booking essential

Far from the Madding Crowd (Film)

Rural Cinema- Far From The Madding Crowd

  • 26 — 27 September 2015 From 2pm

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, 2.15pm

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Admission

Cost: £5 per adult, £4 concession Booking essential

Ben Kane

Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Battle of The Teutoburg Forest with Ben Kane.

  • 15 October 2015 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture Thursday 15 October -7pm-8.30pm

In AD 9, the Roman Empire covered most of Europe. Forty years of rule under the emperor Augustus had seen widespread military victories and vast expansions in its territories. September of that year saw everything change, however, at a place called the Teutoburg Forest in northern Germany. Three legions were ambushed and massacred there by tribesmen who followed Arminius, a Romanised German. It was a humiliating reverse for Augustus, and a body blow to the empire and its army. Ben Kane’s latest novel, Eagles at War, is about this pivotal moment in Roman history and during his talk, he will recount the dramatic events of that unforgettable summer, describe the battle itself and explain how the aftermath led to a sea change in the empire’s foreign policy.
Ben Kane is well a travelled author and veterinarian who turned his passion for Roman history into a writing career. He is a bestselling author and will showcase his latest release Eagles at War with an optional book signing at the end of the evening.
£6 per adult -£5 for season ticket holders- Booking essential

Admission

£6 per adult -£5 for season ticket holders- Booking essential

Child making a craft

Family Drop-in Sabre Tooth Cat masks with Jane Bovenizer

  • 26 October 2015 10-11am

Create a mask inspired by the wonderful sabre tooth cats that lived over 10,000 years ago before becoming extinct.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders

Gaming Piece

Discovery Zone -Games through time with Heather Dawson

  • 27 October 2015 11am-12:30pm

Tuesday 27 October 11-12.30pm

Learn and play ancient games, such as the Roman strategy game calculi. This hands on Discovery Zone will also give you the opportunity to handle real objects from our collections.
Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Cave man

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Caveman with Sara Salvidge and Jane Bovenizer

  • 27 October 2015 10-11am

Tuesday 27 October - 10-11am

Join us to make a Stretchy Caveman to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders

A Craft Mammoth

Family Drop-in - Woolly Mammoths with Emma Stuart

  • 28 October 2015 10-11am

Wednesday 28 October - 10-11am

Take a step back to the time when huge mammoths walked the earth and make your own mammoth with real wool to take home.

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders

Medieval Tracery  Drawing

Archaeological Illustration: - The Many Facets of Drawing the Past with Lorna Gray

  • 29 October 2015 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture Thursday 29 October- 7pm – 8.30pm

An evening lecture exploring the range of expertise required by an archaeological illustrator. Lorna Gray MCIfA will examine the many different aspects of recording the past encountered throughout her career in commercial archaeology. Lorna will share the secrets of artefact illustration and look beyond traditional illustrative roles into an unusual survey of a church roof and the satisfying value of map regression, using notable Gloucestershire landmarks as an example. She will analyse the wide range of techniques employed in archaeological illustration and discuss their continuity of use from the past to the present.

Lorna is a freelance archaeological illustrator. She formerly enjoyed over twelve years' employment in an archaeological practice and her work has been published in regional and national journals.
Booking essential

Admission

£6 per adult - £5 for season ticket holders

Mosaic Tile made by the children

Children’s Workshop - Mini Mosaics with Emma Stuart

  • 29 October 2015 10:30am-12pm

Thursday 29 October - 10.30-12pm

Be inspired by 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

  • 7-10

Admission

£7 per child £6 for season ticket holders

Sponge  Painting

Family Drop-in - Cave Art with Sara Salvidge

  • 29 October 2015 10am

Thursday 29 October 10-11am

Create a collage using elements of cave art for inspiration to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders

Home Film

Family Film Friday- Home

  • 30 October 2015 11am-12:30pm

Friday 30 October - 11am

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Booking recommended Run time 1hr 34min. (U)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per adult £2.50 children

A village

Family Drop-in - Pop Up Ice Age –with Sara Salvidge

  • 30 October 2015 10-11am

Decorate an Ice Age scene with animals and people, trees and plants from the period.

Suitable for ages 3 and above.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50 per child Free 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 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.

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 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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