Corinium Museum

Corinium Museum
Park Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2BX
England

Website

www.coriniummuseum.org

E-mail

CoriniumMuseum@slm-ltd.co.uk

Telephone

01285 655611

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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.
peacock mosaic

In the Winter Sun

  • 29 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Exhibition- by Amanda Anderson
29 November – 4 January

Bringing a kaleidoscope of colour to mid-winter Amanda Anderson’s mosaic menagerie of birds and other creatures have a bright, rich and seductive quality, as well as a subtle humour.

Amanda Anderson is a West Midlands based mosaic maker who originally studied sculpture at Liverpool School of Art working in mixed media. She uses stained glass in vibrant colours, jewel like millefiori and patterned ceramic pieces intricately cut to represent feathers, scales and fur. Her other influences include, Gaudi, Mexican folk art, embroidery and Asian textiles, Eastern European paper cuts, children’s book illustration and traditional tales.

All work for sale.

Admission

Free Admission. All work for sale

David Durston Picture

Exhibition - Two Genres - David Durston

  • 10 January — 8 February 2015

10 January – 8 February 2015
The exhibition entitled, ‘Two Genres’ makes reference to the dual strands, developed in parallel, in more recent works – abstract and figurative. Painting techniques, from both styles, have served to inform each other resulting in the production of vibrant images. People familiar with Durston’s work may be both surprised and interested by his development as an artist.

David Durston is a painter and printmaker, who since the late 1960’s has worked and painted predominantly in Gloucestershire and has an M.A degree in Fine Art from Birmingham. His accolades include being a South West Arts ‘Major Award’ winner.

Free Admission. All work for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission. All work for sale.

When in Rome Exbit

When in Rome

  • 14 February — 15 March 2015

An exhibition by Gloucestershire Lettering Arts
14 February – 15 March
Gloucestershire Lettering Arts is a Cotswold-based society for calligraphy enthusiasts to enjoy the many and varied aspects of the lettering arts of today. GLA aims to raise the level of awareness of calligraphy, lettering and the book arts. These expressive art forms - graphically interpreting thoughts and ideas, invariably convey meaning before words are actually read.

The exhibition ‘When in Rome’ will show a variety of calligraphy and you will have the opportunity to purchase many of the exhibits which demonstrate this wonderful craft. There will be various interpretations on the theme ‘When in Rome’ using the meaning of the phrase and also its historical message.

Admission

Free Admission. All work for sale.

WW1 Textiles

E.A.S.T. - Between the Lines

  • 21 March — 19 April 2015

Between the Lines” is the title of the latest exhibition by E.A.S.T., East Anglian Stitch Textiles. The exhibition is based on the groups’ response to the centenary of the First World War.

Each of the twelve artists has explored the 1914/18 conflict and undertaken extensive research of their chosen theme. These include a wide range of topics from life on the Western front, the role of women, the effects on landscape and nature, allied armies, mapping, armaments and the reflections of writers and artists in the1920s.

As with all E.A.S.T. exhibitions, the work will include a wide range of textile techniques, all beautifully presented to the highest standard and expertise. The contemporary work will be accompanied by the research material making the completed display highly topical as the country remembers this significant period of our history.

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.
Deer

Christmas Fair - Cotswold Crafts

  • 5 — 22 December 2014 *on now

5 December – 20 December - Christmas Fair - Cotswold Crafts

In the run up to Christmas, there will be a wonderful selection of crafts in the Hare gallery by local artists and craftspeople. Come along and visit the museum and find inspirational gifts for everyone.

Admission

Free entry into the Hare Gallery. All crafts for sale

Jack Frost

Discovery Zone - Christmas Past

  • 22 December 2014 2-3pm

Join Emma Stuart for a look at vintage Christmas. From shop display memorabilia to Christmas lights, jelly moulds to gorgeous wrappings. Everything ‘Christmas’ will be on display for you to enjoy.

Admission

Included in Admission

Roman Captial

Afternoon Talk: Corinium Conservation with James Harris

  • 16 January 2015 2:30-4am

Friday 16th January, 2.30-4pm
Excavated archaeological metal objects immediately become vulnerable to the environment. Oxygen and humidity in the air cause metals to corrode. James discusses conservation measures practised by archaeological museums to protect valuable collections. A must see for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of collections care.

Cost: £6 per person, £5 for Season Ticket Holders. Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £6 per person, £5 for Season Ticket Holders. Booking essential

Film Pride

Rural Cinema - Pride

  • 24 — 25 January 2015 From 2:15pm

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January at 2.15pm
Pride- is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Admission

Cost: £5.00 Adults, £4.00 Concessions, Booking recommended

Roman Coin

Town and Country in the Roman Cotswolds

  • 29 January 2015 7-8:30am

An evening Lecture with Neil Holbrook, Cotswold Archaeology
Thursday 29 January, 7- 8.30pm
We all know that Cirencester was an important Roman town and that the Cotswolds were populated by rich villas. But how did town and country fit together? Just what role did Cirencester play – was it an administrative centre somewhat detached for its hinterland, or a bustling and vibrant market town? There were also literally hundreds of Roman farms in the Cotswolds which didn’t have villa houses. Were these the homes of free peasant small holdings, or the workers who kept the grand villa houses and their estates going? Neil’s lecture will look at these questions and examine why the Cotswolds were such a vibrant and wealthy part of Roman Britain.

Admission

Cost: £6 per person, £5.50 for season ticket holders. Booking essential

Anglo Saxon Coins

Iron Age and Saxon Coins

  • 12 February 2015 2:30-4pm

Afternoon talk with Emma Stuart and Heather Dawson
Thursday 12 February, 2.30 - 4pm
Emma and Heather will take a closer look at Iron Age and Saxon coins. From Dobunnic Staters to Anglo-Saxon Sceattas, come along and explore the museum’s coin collections up close and learn a few identification techniques along the way.

Admission

Cost: £6.00, £5.00 for season ticket holders. Booking essential

Making a craft in the museum

Family Drop-in - Gargoyle masks

  • 16 February 2015 10:30-11:30am

Monday 16 February, 10.30-11.30am
Medieval stonework is full of funny faces and strange beasts. Join Jane to create a mask inspired by medieval gothic imagery.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child, Free for season ticket holders. Suitable for ages 3 and above

Making a Craft in the Museum

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Scribes

  • 17 February 2015 10:30-11:30am

Tuesday 17 February, 10.30-11.30am
Illuminated letters were pieces of beautiful art and it was often monks or officials of the King’s court that created them. Join Sara and Jane to create your own stretchy scribe with quill to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1.50 per child. Free for season ticket holder

Children making a Craft at the Museum

Family Drop-in - Illuminated Bird on a Stick

  • 18 February 2015 From 10:30am

Wednesday 18 February, 10.30-11.30am
Illuminated script often incorporates beautiful birds, beats and mythical creatures. Join Jane to create an illuminated bird on a stick to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Mosaic Duck from the museum

Children’s Workshop - Mosaic Initials

  • 18 February 2015 From 10am

Children’s Workshop - Mosaic Initials
Wednesday 18 February, 10am – 12noon
Inspired by the exhibition by the Gloucestershire Lettering Arts exhibition and the art of Illuminated initials, this workshop will teach the skills of mosaic making by creating your initials or an animal on a coaster for your to take home.

Cost: £7 per child, £6 for season ticket holders. Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above, but please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Print Making

Discovery Zone - Writing Through Time

  • 19 February 2015 11am-12:30pm

Thursday 19 February, 11am-12:30pm
A close up look with Heather Dawson and James Harris at the fascinating written material and writing equipment from the collections, including sketchbooks from the founding collections, personal letters, and writing implements throughout time from Roman to the present day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in admission

Children making a craft

Family Drop-in - Illuminated Initials

  • 19 February 2015 10:30-11:30am

Family Drop-in - Illuminated Initials – with Sara Salvidge
Thursday 19 February, 10.30-11.30am
The Celtic and medieval art of illuminated script is both skilful and beautiful. Inspired by the temporary exhibition and medieval writing, you will create your own set of Illuminated initials to take home.

Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

A Beaker Burial vessel

Beaker Burials and the Bronze Age Cotswolds

  • 26 February 2015 7-8:30pm

An Evening Lecture with Dr. Alison Brookes
Thursday 26 February, 7- 8.30pm
In 2008 excavations at Kingshill North on the edge of Cirencester revealed two Beaker burials. These burials, dated c. 2400-2000 BC, make a total of 10 examples discovered from the Upper Thames over the last 25 years. Join Dr. Alison Brookes who will reveal the findings of the fieldwork and latest scientific analyses.

Admission

Cost: £6.00 per person, £5.00 for season ticket holders.

Women in Roman Corinium

Afternoon Talk - Roman Women in Corinium -Amanda Har

  • 10 March 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Who were the women that lived in Roman Cirencester? What can the archaeological evidence reveal about them? Join Curator Amanda Hart for a lively discussion focussing on the small finds, skeletal evidence and inscriptions from the Roman town of Corinium.

Admission

£6.00 per person £5.00 for season ticket holders Booking Essential

Funny Girl Film

Corinium Cinema - Funny Face (U)

  • 12 March 2015 7-9pm

Audrey Hepburn at her luminous best stars alongside Fred Astaire in the dazzling big screen adaptation of George Gershwin’s musical romp. Charged with finding a “new face”, a fashion photographer believes he has found the next big thing working in a New York bookshop. Colourful song and dance routines, fabulous outfits and a touch of romance accompany them on an event filled trip to the catwalks of Paris.

Admission

£5.50 Adult £4.50 Concession Run time: 1hr. 43 min. Booking recommended

Digtal Rome

Evening Lecture - Virtual Rome: digitally reconstructing the ancient city with Dr Matthew Nicholls

  • 26 March 2015 7:30-8:30pm

Dr Matthew Nicholls of Reading University has built a huge, detailed digital model of ancient Rome, reconstructing the city as it appeared around AD315. Using the latest digital technology in combination with archaeological and literary source material, the model contains thousands of buildings from the grandest monuments to everyday housing, docks, and warehouses. Join Dr Nicholls to explore the world and buildings of ancient Rome and discover how he researched and built the model. This lecture will include some spectacular visuals.

Matthew Nicholls is Associate Professor of ancient history at the University of Reading, where he runs the City of Rome MA. He recently won the 2014 Guardian’s Higher Education Award for teaching excellence.

Admission

£6.00 per person £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.

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