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.
Roman Food Pot

Food For Thought Exhibition - A British Museum Collaboration

  • 25 April — 5 July 2015 *on now

25 April – 5 July
This exciting exhibition is a partnership between the British Museum, Roman archaeologists from UK Universities and the Corinium Museum. It will explore food in Roman Britain and the wider Roman world and bring together unique objects from Cirencester as well as from Silchester and across the Roman Empire including Pompeii, Rome, Athens and Tunisia.

Drawing on recent research, this exhibition will expose all there is to know about Roman food. It will show the utensils used in the Roman world, how people prepared their food, and what evidence we have for these practices, including food remains from a sewer in Herculaneum. The exhibition will also showcase artist Miranda Creswell’s ‘Chop Marks’; landscape drawings made with graphite on kitchen chopping boards.
Fre
e Admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Admission

Eeles Family Pots

Eeles Family Pottery -Wood Fired Ceramics

  • 11 July — 3 August 2015

11 July – 3 August

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.

Free Admission -All items for sale

Admission

Free Admission -All items 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.
The Theory of Everthing

Rural Cinema - The Theory of Everything

  • 23 — 24 May 2015 From 2:15pm

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May at 2.15pm

The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh. It is adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics..

Cost: £5 adults, £4 concession. Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5 adults, £4 concession. Booking recommended

bacchus head

Toilets, sewers and cess pits: the other side of the food story

  • 25 May 2015 11am-12pm

Discovery Zone with Zena Kamash
Monday 25th May, 11am-12pm

What happens to food after it is eaten? How does it become archaeology? This event will use the displays to think about the other side of the food story and to explore what going to the toilet can tell us about people in the past.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Admission

Childrens - medieval Knight Puppet

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Roman Cooks

  • 26 May 2015 10-11am

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Roman Cooks - With Jane Bovenizer & Sara Salvidge
Tuesday 26 May, 10-11am

Imagine the sounds and smells of a sizzling Roman kitchen and make your very own stretchy Roman cook to take home.

Cost: £1.50 or free for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 or free for season ticket holders

Britsh Museum Roman Horse Head

Roman food from the Empire: see it, touch it, taste it

  • 27 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Discovery Zone with Erica Rowan
Wednesday 27 May, 2.30-3.30pm

Erica will share with visitors how plant remains are recovered from archaeological sites, and how these can tell us about food eaten around the Roman Empire.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

A Cormorant

The John Moore Museum: Conservation of Natural and Built Heritage

  • 28 May 2015 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture by Simon Lawton
Thursday 28 May, 7- 8.30pm

John Moore (1907 – 1967) was a Gloucestershire born countryside writer and an early proponent of the conservation of both natural and built heritage. In this talk, Simon Lawton, curator of the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury, will be exploring the restoration, preservation and conservation of the Museum's historic buildings and natural history collections.

Simon Lawton an MA in History and in Museum Studies. He has worked for both English Heritage and the National Trust and has been curator of the John Moore Museum since 1993.

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

Admission

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

Roman Pot

How can we learn about food from Roman pottery?

  • 28 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Discovery Zone with Dan Stansbie
Thursday 28 May, 2.30-3.30pm

Using the pottery on display in the museum, Dan will demonstrate to visitors what we can learn about eating and drinking habits from pottery.

Included in admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

children print making

Snails on Sticks - Family Drop-in

  • 28 May 2015 10-11am

Snails on Sticks Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge
Thursday 28 May, 10-11am

From hot lettuce to fish sauce, all those Roman delicacies from the Forum area in Corinium. Come along and make your very own delicacy in the form of a snail on a stick, a Roman favourite!

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 or free for season ticket holders

Film Heros 6

Family Film Friday – Big Hero 6

  • 29 May 2015 11am-12:30pm

Friday 29 May, 11am

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Run time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Cert: PG

£5 per adult £2.50 children Booking Recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per adult £2.50 children Booking Recommended

Roman Pot

Discovery Zone- Fossils and Food

  • 29 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Discovery Zone- Fossils and Food –with Aimee-Jane Hacker
Friday 29 May, 2.30-3.30pm

Spiral back in time to a world before the Romans arrived. Join our resident palaeobiologist volunteer, Aimee-Jane to look at some fossil collections which may have been food for prehistoric animals and later, man. A fun observational discovery zone with some handling objects too.

Included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission.

Children Mosaic

Mosaic Pots: Family Drop-in

  • From 29 May 2015
  • 29 May 2015 10-11am

Mosaic Pots: Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge
Friday 29 May, 10-11am

Visit our special Food for Thought exhibition and explore a range of Roman pots used in the kitchen. Use your inspiration to make your own mock mosaic paper pot to take home.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.50 per child Free for season ticket holders

British Museum Roman Horse Head

Roman Food Festival - Special Event

  • 30 — 31 May 2015 10am-5pm

Museum Opening Times Apply
Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May

A two-day festival of food at the museum with a series of talks, alongside stalls and other activities. Invited speakers/participants will include academics and archaeologists involved in research on Roman food, re-enactors and local food businesses. Please visit our website for further details and timings.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission

Roman Kitchen

Afternoon Talk-You are what you eat? Food and identity in the Roman and modern world- with Zena Kamash

  • 4 June 2015 2:30-3:30pm

An open forum led by Zena Kamash to discuss how identities are created by food. The workshop will start by looking at how the different groups of people represented in the museum (military personnel; city dwellers; rural inhabitants) used food and drink in the Roman period. Participants are encouraged to share their own food experiences, bringing, if they wish, some food that they feel speaks about who they are.

Admission

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

Testament of Youth film

Corinium Cinema- Testament of Youth (12A)

  • 11 June 2015 7-8:45pm

A searing story of love and war. Based on the classic First World war memoir , this is the true story of a young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.

Admission

£5.50 per adult £4.50 concessions Run time: 1 hr. 46 min. Booking recommended

Anglo Saxon jewellery

Afternoon Talk - Viking and Anglo-Saxon Art - with Angus Malmgren

  • 15 June 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Burial goods, hidden hoards and ancient documents all provide evidence for Anglo-Saxon and Viking art styles. Join Angus who will explore the similarities, influences and differences in the art of two cultures from the Dark Ages.

Admission

£6 per adult £5 for season ticket holders Booking recommended

Jupiter Column

Wine Tasting Evening - Bacchus in Britain and Beyond –with Zena Kamash

  • 19 June 2015 7-9pm

Friday 19 June - 7.00-9pm

Zena will introduce the evening discussing Bacchus in art and highlight objects on display within the “Food for Thought” exhibition and the museum. This will be followed by wine tasting with local expert Tom I’Anson.

Admission

£25 per adult £20 season ticket holders
Booking essential. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Roman Kitchen

Evening Lecture- Not Just Dormice: The Archaeology of Roman Food – With Zena Kamash

  • 25 June 2015 7:30-8:30pm

In this lecture, Dr Zena Kamash will dispel some of the common myths about Roman food and explore what everyday Romans ate in Britain and beyond. Using different kinds of evidence we have about Roman food from actual food remains to the objects used to prepare and serve food to how food was represented in art, she will demonstrate how archaeologists can use these to develop a fuller picture of eating and drinking in the Roman world.

Dr Zena Kamash is the Lecturer in Roman Archaeology and Art at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked on projects across the Roman world in Britain, the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. Her research interests are in religion, ancient technology, and, of course, food.

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

Admission

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

Slema Film

Rural Cinema - Selma

  • 27 — 28 June 2015 2:15pm

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June- 2.15pm
Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Admission

Cost: £5 per adult, £4 concession. Booking recommended

Into the woods film

Corinium Cinema - Into the Woods (PG)

  • 9 July 2015 7-9pm

Thursday 9 July, 7pm
An adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Meryl Streep leads a stellar cast as a wicked witch who sets out to teach important lessons to fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.
Run time: 2 hr. 5 min. Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per adult, £4.50 concessions

Raiders of the lost ark film

Corinium Cinema - Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)

  • 11 July 2015 2:15-4pm

Saturday 11 July at 2.15pm
As part of the Festival of Archaeology join us for a special screening of this classic film featuring the heroic archaeologist-adventurer Indian Jones as he searches for the Ark of the Covenant.
Run time: 1 hr. 55 min. Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per adult, £4.50 concessions

Drawing of the Cockerel

Festival of Archaeology: Archaeological Illustration

  • 16 July 2015 10am-3pm

Adult Workshop with Lorna Gray

Under specialist tuition, you will learn how to draw archaeological artefacts and create a page of illustrated finds in this one day workshop. Lorna Gray has worked for Cotswold Archaeology and is extensively published. All materials provided.
Booking Essential.
Suitable for 16 and over

Admission

Cost: £30 per adult £25 for season ticket holders.

Behind the Scenes

Festival of Archaeology: Recent Excavations Revealed

  • 16 July 2015 2:30-4pm

An Afternoon Talk with Dr. Alison Brookes

Join Alison to hear about the excavations and see the finds discovered by Oxford Archaeology at Kingshill North, Cirencester. In 2008 the fieldwork revealed evidence for occupation that opens a remarkable window into Cirencester’s prehistoric past. Be amongst the first to see the remarkable collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age finds from the site.
Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult £5 for season ticket holders

Mr Mammoth craft

Print an Ice Age Scene Children’s Workshop with Aimee-Jane Hacker and Emma Stuart

  • 20 July 2015 10:30am-12pm

Monday 20 July, 10.30-12pm
Learn print making techniques in this fun morning creating an Ice Age scene with woolly Rhinos, Mammoths, Elks, tree tops, caves or design your own animals or people to put on your scene.

Suitable for Ages 8 and above but please enquire about younger children

Admission

Cost: £7 per child £6 for season ticket holders

Paper Coin

Create a Coin Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer

  • 20 July 2015 10-11am

Festival of Archaeology

Coins can help provide dating evidence in archaeology. Come along and create a coin of your own after looking at some of our examples.
Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders. Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders

Woolly Rhino

Woolly Mammoths and Woolly Rhinos – their food and neighbours

  • 21 July 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Festival of Archaeology: Woolly Mammoths and Woolly Rhinos – their food and neighbours
Discovery Zone with Aimee-Jane Hacker
Tuesday 21 July, 2.30-3.30pm
Aimee-Jane will take you on a journey through the Ice Age to discover the majestic beauty of these long lost woolly creatures. You will have the opportunity to see the prehistoric world through Aimee-Jane’s art and the Corinium Museum collections.
Cost: Included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Included in admission.

Ammonite

Ammonites and Belemnites Family Drop-in with Aimee-Jane Hacker

  • 21 July 2015 10-11am

Festival of Archaeology: Ammonites and Belemnites Family Drop-in with Aimee-Jane Hacker
Tuesday 21 July, 10-11am
Swimming in Jurassic seas, these creatures could be smaller than a fingernail or larger than an elephant’s head. Palaeobiologist graduate, Aimee-Jane, will show you how to decorate your own ammonite or belemnite to take home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders

Roman Pot

Festival of Archaeology: Become an Archaeologist

  • 22 July 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Wednesday 22 July, 2.30-3.30pm
Join Heather from our Collections team to have a chance to handle real Roman artefacts from our collections, and have a go at drawing and trying to identify them.
Cost: Included in Admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in Admission

Anglo Saxon Brooch Drawing

Festival of Archaeology: Archaeological Illustration

  • 22 July 2015 10am-3pm

Adult Workshop with Lorna Gray
Wednesday 22 July, 10am – 3pm
Under specialist tuition, you will learn how to draw archaeological artefacts and create a page of illustrated finds in this one day workshop. Lorna Gray has worked for Cotswold Archaeology and is extensively published. All materials provided.
Cost: £30.00 per adult £25.00 for season ticket holders. Booking essential
Suitable for 16 and over

Admission

Cost: £30.00 per adult £25.00 for season ticket holders

Behind the scenes

Festival of Archaeology: Behind the Scenes

  • 23 July 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Discovery Zone with the Collections team
Thursday 23 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
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.
Cost: £6 per adult, £5 for season ticket holders. Booking essential – only 15 places available

Admission

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

Roman Kitchen

Snails on Sticks Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 23 July 2015 10-11am

Thursday 23 July, 10-11am
From hot lettuce to fish sauce, all those Roman delicacies from the Forum area in Corinium. Come along and make your very own delicacy, a snail on a stick! A Roman favourite!
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, Free for season ticket holders

A Mask

Tudor Masks Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 24 July 2015 10-11am

Friday 24 July, 10-11am
Take a step back in time to Tudor England and join Sara to create a mask of a famous character from the Tudor times.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders

The Second Best Margold Hotel Film

Rural Cinema The Second Best Exotic Margold Hotel

  • 25 — 26 July 2015 From 2:15pm

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July at 2.15pm
Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they've found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny's mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.

Admission

Cost: £5 per adult, £4 concession. Booking recommended

A Roman artefact

Festival of Archaeology: Special Event - Cotswold Archaeology Day

  • 25 July 2015 10am-3pm

Saturday 25 July, 10am – 3pm
Meet the Cotswold Archaeology team as they bring archaeology to life through looking at finds they have unearthed. They will identify artefacts which you have discovered yourself and you can get hands on in a dig pit. Talks at intervals by archaeologists in the museum galleries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in admission

Children Print Making

Stretchy Caveman Family Drop-in

  • 28 July 2015 10-11am

Stretchy Caveman Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer and Sara Salvidge
Tuesday 28 July, 10-11am
Living alongside woolly mammoths and other large beasts, our caveman was a clever hunter and tool maker. Make a stretchy caveman with our team to take home.
Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders. Suitable for ages 3 and above.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, free for season ticket holders

Orpheus Mosaic in the museum

The Orpheus Mosaic An Afternoon talk with Emma Stuart

  • 29 July 2015 2:30-3:30pm

The Orpheus Mosaic

Wednesday 29 July, 2.30-3.30pm
Join Emma Stuart for an exploration of the Orpheus mosaic on display in the Corinium Museum. She will compare the Barton Farm mosaic with other examples that have been discovered.
Booking essential

Admission

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

Roman Helmet

Roman Shields – Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge

  • 30 July 2015 From 10am

Roman Shields – Family Drop-in with Sara Salvidge
Thursday 30 July, 10-11am
Decorate a Roman shield with thunderbolts and eagle wings ready to go into battle and take it home.
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £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.
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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