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.
Robert Aker Painting

‘Cotswold’

  • 29 June — 30 July 2017 *on now

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.
Bone Comb

Become an Archaeologist

  • 27 July 2017 2-3:30pm *on now

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 *on now

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 *on now

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

Film SING

Family Film Friday SING

  • 28 July 2017 11am-12:30pm

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, 'Sing' stars Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times.


Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £5.40 per adult, £2.60 children

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

Live Performance Titus Andronincus

Titus Andronicus

  • 9 August 2017 7-9:45pm

Titus Andronicus
Corinium Cinema RSC Live
William Shakespeare


The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).


Booking recommended

Admission

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

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

Mad Romans Mosaics

Mini Mosaics

  • 10 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

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

RSC Logo

Coriolanus

  • 11 October 2017 7-9:45pm

Corinium Cinema RSC Live
William Shakespeare
Wednesday 11 October, 7pm

A full throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Season Director Angus Jackson completes the collection of Shakespeare’s epic Roman plays with Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse) in the title role.

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

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.
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.

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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