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.
Christmas

Mystery Objects

  • 1 December 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Temporary Display
1 December – 8 January

Can you tell what the mystery objects are? Throughout December the Museum Team will be putting a number of unusual objects on display for you to puzzle over.

Included in Admission

Admission

Included in Admission

Robin  Stamp Picture

Christmas Exhibition

  • 1 December 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Exhibition by Tony Meeuwissen

“He has the eye of an illustrator and the mind of a designer.” David Pelham

An eclectic exhibition by an artist with an illustrious career. Tony Meeuwissen’s award winning, magical illustrations have adorned Penguin books, Royal Mail stamps, playing cards, children’s books and even appears on a Rolling Stones LP. He is one of Britain’s foremost illustrators and will be exhibiting his Christmas exhibition at the Corinium Museum. His most recent accolade is Title of Royal Designer for Industry conferred by the RSA in 2013.

Admission

Free admission

Cotswold views

Art Inspired by the Cotswolds

  • 15 January — 5 February 2017

This year sees the Cotswolds celebrate 50 years of being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The anniversary will culminate in a public art exhibition open to amateur and professional artists from within and beyond the Cotswolds. The exhibition will showcase art work in a variety of mediums and genres inspired by the Cotswolds landscape.

Admission

Free admission

Abbey reconstruction

Medieval Manuscripts of Cirencester Abbey 900

  • 16 January — 21 May 2017

This is a rare opportunity to see manuscripts which were in Cirencester Abbey Library at its Dissolution in 1539, brought back and displayed in Cirencester. Loaned by the Bodleian Library and Jesus College Oxford, all are connected to Abbot Alexander Nequam - a fitting commemoration of the 800th anniversary of his death. Nequam’s writings are important, being early in the development of scientific attitudes. He lectured in Paris and Oxford before coming to Cirencester Abbey.

Admission

Included in admission

sarah smart picture

Two Views

  • 11 — 26 February 2017

Sarah E J Smart loves to paint. She is an artist living in north Wiltshire. She draws inspiration from many sources. Whether a landscape or an abstract work, Sarah generally uses acrylic paints, and anything else that will help her to achieve a satisfying interpretation of a subject. Christina Rice is a Stroud based artist who finds her primary inspiration in the natural world. Her paintings and mixed media works reflect this. She is particularly interested in the overlooked elements of the landscape. Little worlds contained in hedgerows, the beauty and texture of bark, shadows and reflections all inform her work.

Admission

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Cotswold view

Field of View

  • 2 — 19 March 2017

Exhibition by Chris Bingle
2 March – 19 March

Chris gained a degree in Fine Art in 1982 from Preston Polytechnic but has have been painting all her life. This exhibition of still life and landscapes ‘en plein air’ will transport viewers to familiar locations. Chris uses colour and light to capture the essence of the environment she conveys. Everyday objects are transformed into objects of colour and texture that evoke past and present memories to the onlooker. ‘Fields of View’ exposes the varied techniques and finishes that can be achieved through the use of oils. Chris is a member of the prestigious Cheltenham Group of Artists and works with the Pegasus Arts team. She exhibits in group and solo shows locally and around the country. Her work is in public and private collections across the UK.

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission
Artworks for sale

Cath Hodsman Picture

What Insects do for the Natural World?

  • 23 March — 23 April 2017

Exhibition and Artist in Residence - Cath Hodsman
23 March – 23 April

This art exhibition celebrates the fascinating anatomy, diversity, colour, shape, form and importance of insects. 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. Cath Hodsman is one of the country’s foremost natural-history artists. Her passion and specialism is painting and sketching insects. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see and purchase her original works in a unique solo show. A personal collection of insects will also be on show.

Cath will be based at the museum as our Artist in Residence for one week from Monday 27 March to Saturday 1 April 2017. Cath is superbly knowledgeable about insects (entomology) and the natural world as well as artistic techniques so drop by to see her work in practice, meet the artist and ask questions.

Admission

Free Admission
All work for sale

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.
Miracle on 34th Street

Corinium Cinema - Miracle on 34th Street

  • 8 December 2016 7-9pm *on now

Thursday 8 December, 7pm

When her toy department Santa shows up drunk for work, Macy's supervisor Doris Walker hires Kris as her emergency replacement. She comes to regret her choice, when she learns that Kris believes that he really is Santa. Kris works not only to restore Doris' belief in Santa Claus but make her young daughter's wishes come true, all while trying to prove his identity in a court of law.

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions

Reindeer

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Reindeer

  • 19 December 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Monday 19 December, 10-11am

Celebrate the festive season by making one of Santa’s reindeer; Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer, Dasher and Vixen. Or maybe you’d like to make the red nosed Rudolf 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
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Making A Christmas Mosaic

Children’s Workshop - Christmas Mosaics

  • 20 December 2016 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 20 December, 10.30- 12pm

Learn the Roman art of mosaic making and be inspired by the season 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
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Santa

Stories with Santa

  • 21 December 2016 11:15am-12pm

Family Event with the Yarn Whisperer
Wednesday 21 December, 11.15am and 12pm

Celebrate Christmas with a visit to the Corinium Museum to meet Santa! We are thrilled to welcome Santa who will be reading some special stories written at his home in the North Pole. Once you have heard his stories, he will give each child a present to take home. A special experience for the family.


Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £2 per adult, £3 per child

Votive Axe

Recent Excavations at Fairford

  • 9 January 2017 2-4pm

Across Fairford and the Upper Thames Valley a long history of gravel extraction has resulted in a co-ordinated programme of intensive archaeological investigation. This has revealed a diverse and densely occupied landscape rich in late Prehistoric and Roman archaeology. Join Alison in the latest of a series of talks dedicated to exploring recent excavations conducted across the Cotswolds.

Admission

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

Hail Caesar Film

Hail Caesar! Corinium Cinema

  • 12 January 2017 7-9pm

An all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. Hail Caesar! Follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions (12A)
Booking recommended

Naeptune Oceanus mosaic

The Roman Towns of South West Britain: Where Does Cirencester Fit In?

  • 26 January 2017 7-8:30pm

This talk will put Roman Cirencester into context. In what ways was it like other Roman towns in SW Britain (particularly Gloucester; Dorchester and Exeter), and in what respects does it stand apart from these places? The talk will draw heavily on recent archaeological work, most of it executed in advance of redevelopment. These have provided many new insights and over-turned old theories. Neil Holbrook is Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology and has a long standing interest in the archaeology of Roman Cirencester.

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Please book early to avoid disappointment

Absolutely Fab the movie

Rural Cinema – Absolutely Fabulous The Movie

  • 28 — 29 January 2017 2:15-2pm

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie is a comedy based on a television sitcom. A PR agent, suspected of killing a celebrity fashion model, and her magazine editor friend go on the run on the French Riviera.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Love and Friendship film

Love & Friendship Corinium Cinema

  • 9 February 2017 From 7pm

Period comedy drama, based on a Jane Austen novella. Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate
and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 1 hr. 33 min. (U)
Booking recommended

Abbot & Pope

Medieval Cirencester and its Abbey

  • 9 February 2017 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 9 February, 2 - 4pm

It is 9 centuries since a famous abbey was founded in Cirencester. It ranked amongst the greatest in the land and its utter disappearance leads to endless speculation as to what it was like. This talk places Cirencester’s Augustinian Abbey into the context of the day.

Admission

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

Children Masks

Family Drop-in - Gargoyle Masks

  • 14 February 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Tuesday 14 February, 10-11am

We will be celebrating the 900th anniversary of Cirencester’s Abbey by creating masks inspired by stone gargoyles found in the ruins of the Abbey.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Making Mosaic

Children’s Workshop - Mini Mosaics

  • 15 February 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 15 February, 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

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

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

children looking and making

Discovery Zone -Hands on History

  • 16 February 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Thursday 16 February, 11- 12.30pm

Step back in time with our collections team who will be giving you the opportunity to handle some of the interesting objects from our reserve collection which are all from the home of yesteryear.

Admission

Included in Admission

Abbey Reconstruction

Illustrating the Abbey

  • 16 February 2017 10am-1pm

Adult Workshop with James Harris
Thursday 16 February, 10am - 1pm

Offering a rare opportunity to access museum collections including stone work and tiles from the medieval Abbey to inspire this drawing workshop. Explore a variety of techniques and use museum collections for inspiration both on and off display. A perfect opportunity to develop skills, sketchbooks and ideas.

Some materials provided but please bring an illustration pen and other media you would like to use.


Booking essential. Suitable for 16 and over

Admission

Cost: £20 per adult, £18 for season ticket holders

MOSAIC PEAHEN

Corinium to Carthage: Roman Temples

  • 23 February 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Stephen Clews
Thursday 23 February, 7 - 8.30pm

Corinium to Carthage will explore Roman temples and what they tell us about life in the Roman Empire. New ideas about religion and the Gods were one of the great drivers for change in the Roman world, often holding centre stage in the politics of the time. Gloucestershire is well endowed with evidence for Roman and there is some evidence for the worship of deities from distant places. This lecture looks at the local evidence and puts it into the context of Empire, filling in a few gaps along the way, as we build the bigger picture of Religio Romana.

Stephen Clews is manager of the Roman Baths and Temple site in Bath and has been involved in archaeology in the Cotswolds for 35 years, including a few years at the Corinium Museum in the 1980s. He is a trustee of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society and is Treasurer of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics.


Booking essential

Admission

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

TheThird Man Flim

Corinium Cinema -The Third Man

  • 9 March 2017 7-9pm

Holly Martins, a naïve writer of pulp westerns, arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) but finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins, too curious for his own good, hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions
Run time: 1 hr. 40 mins. (PG)
Booking recommended

The Abbot

Introducing Medieval Monasteries

  • 16 March 2017 2-4pm

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

For a thousand years, monasteries were a dominating presence in the British landscape. Their reign was cut short in the 16th century but their remains fascinate even today. Explore abbey architecture, with reference to abbeys across the country including Cirencester’s opulent Augustinian Abbey.


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

Hazleton Long Barrow

Hazelton Longbarrow: Recent Research

  • 30 March 2017 From 7pm

Evening Lecture with Sam A Neil
Thursday 30 March, 7 - 8.30pm

This lecture explores the way in which recent scientific advances are helping to shed new light on museum collections. It shows how strontium isotope analysis is being applied to provide new archaeological information about the osteological collections curated by Corinium Museum. The way in which strontium isotope analysis is enabling us to study the lives of early farming communities in Britain is illustrated using new results from the site of Hazleton North, a Neolithic burial monument in Gloucestershire, England.

Samantha Neil has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Southampton and MPhil in Archaeological Science from the University of Cambridge and has worked on the collections in museums across Britain as part of a PhD, being undertaken at Durham University

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

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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