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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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.
dance of life picture

Garden Goddesses

  • 22 March — 27 April 2014 *on now

An exhibition by Caroline Jariwala
Saturday 22nd March – Sunday 27th April
A beautiful exhibition of mosaic art presenting a clear vision of the replication of patterns discovered within nature and clearly derived from the Rangoli designs and
Mendhi patterns of Caroline’s Indian heritage. The spectacular use of vibrant colours and shapes adds to an overall feeling of depth and form. As a consequence, viewers are drawn to both the tactile nature of the medium and the story that is being told.

Caroline’s Garden Goddess series incorporates her love of gardening and her awareness of this as a healing practice. The Garden Goddess series brings to the fore Caroline’s desire to piece together fragments in order to make sense of experience and to narrate a new story. She sees a strong correlation between the creation of a mosaic and how the creator views themselves; of how making and wellness are embodied in the process of mosaic making; Caroline’s unique view of the world is thus embodied in her work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free

hedgehog in the museum

Mini Exhibition: Incredible Insects and Wonderful Wildlife by Cath Hodsman

  • 11 — 26 April 2014 *on now

11th April- 26th April
Cath Hodsman returns to the Corinium Museum with her spectacular drawings, paintings and prints of wildlife inspired by indigenous species from around the Cotswold countryside. Her work captures the incredible detail we often miss on small bugs and flying insects due to their tiny size. Hares, hedgehogs and other beautiful creatures we are lucky to have around us also feature in Cath Hodsman’s mini exhibition. Displaying in the Hare gallery in April. Cath will also be running insect drawing sessions for children to create their own insect and wildlife artwork
Cost: Included in Museum Admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

The Hedgehog day

Special Event: Meet a Hedgehog Day and Creepy Crawly Activities

  • 19 April 2014 10am-3pm

Saturday 19th April, 10am-3pm
Charity donations welcome for the craft activities.
Back by popular demand! An enjoyable family event and all in a good cause to help our prickly friends. The Help a Hedgehog Hospital team alongside artist Cath Hodsman, return for another day of wildlife fun. Not only will families get the chance to meet a little hedgehog in the care of the HaHH team, but there will be a series of make and take ‘Crazy Creepy Crawlies’ activities on offer to help raise money for injured or stressed hedgehogs. Suitable for age 3 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Included in Museum admission charge

original Art

Exhibition: Phantasmagoria by Anthea Walsh and Michelle Mary Dawson

  • 3 May — 1 June 2014

Phantasmagoria’ is a mixed media exhibition that showcases new work by textile artist Anthea Walsh and glass artist Michelle Mary Dawson. Mirrors are seen as objects and metaphors, a way to examine layers, reflections and shadows, sometimes with uncanny results. The artists explore new territory, presenting a crossover of ideas, unexpected materials and techniques. 'Phantasmagoria' is an exhibition incorporating both functional design objects for interiors and original works of art. All work is available for purchase.

Admission

Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free

Amy Wallance Picture

Museums at Night: Textile Sculpture Preview

  • 15 May 2014 5-9pm

Corinium Museum is taking part in the Museums at Night, a celebration of museums after hours. Enjoy installations throughout the museum galleries by two sculptural textile artists Carole Waller and Amy Wallace as part of the Stroud International textile festival. The museum will be open free of charge from 5pm giving us the perfect opportunity for a night that bridges arts and heritage in an award winning museum setting.

Free admission to the Museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission to the Museum

shakespeare 450 anniversary

Exhibition: In Celebration of Shakespeare - Cheltenham Group Artists

  • 5 — 25 June 2014

Thursday 5th June – Wednesday 25th June
In order to mark the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare, in 2014 members of CGA will be presenting their impressions, in fine art form, of the Bard's rich and challenging written output.

In this exhibition, members of the Cheltenham Group of Artists will explore the many themes embodied in Shakespeare's work such as love, despair, tragedy, ambition and greed. Sources of interest for the art include the spectacular and the supernatural; humour and romance; contrasts of personalities and suspense; dramatic situations and dramatic ironies; fate and Nemesis; philosophies and there are quotations that we ourselves use in today's “everyday” speech. Throughout 2014 there are to be a wide range of national and International programmes and projects celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free

Cotswold pots

Exhibition: Cotswold Craftsmen Summer Show

  • 29 June — 10 August 2014

Sunday 29th June – Sunday 10th August
An eclectic mix of crafts at this wonderful summer exhibition by the Cotswold Craftsmen. Bringing together a variety of media and styles, the Cotswold Craftsmen bring high quality, hand made objects back to the Corinium Museum gallery. Perfectly complementary to the craft traditions of the Cotswolds, this exhibition showcases work by some of the leading craft workers in and around the area.
The Cotswold Craftsmen are a well established group started in the late 1960s whose membership is drawn from all around the Cotswolds. The group includes a rich cross section of craftsmen, designers and artists who value the traditions and skills of the past and wish to embrace contemporary techniques and ideas. Their aim is to encourage the making of individual items to a professional standard of design and finish. They value the unique qualities that handmade individually crafted objects possess and recognise the lasting pleasure they bring.

Admission

Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free

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.
Cirencester Hare lolgo

Special Event: Cirencester Hare Festival

  • 29 March — 1 September 2014 *on now

29th March to 1st September
Cirencester Hare Festival runs throughout the summer and brings art into the town. The Corinium Museum is hosting one of these magnificent Hares sponsored by BPE Solicitors. The hares will be on display around Cirencester until September. There will be a dedicated trail around the town for visitors to find all of the art sculptures.. For more information, contact the Cirencester Visitor Information centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free trial around Cirencester

medival cup

Corinium Close Up: Archaeological ID Session

  • 17 April 2014 2:30-3:30pm *on now

Thursday 17th April, 2.30-3.30pm
Have you dug up something interesting in your garden or spotted something on a walk? Head of Collections Dr Alison Brookes will be on hand to answer your questions and examine your archaeological finds (no geological items please)
Cost: Included in Museum admission charge

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Included in Museum admission charge

Jarwala Mosaic

Family Drop In: Mini Taj Mahal Garden

  • 17 April 2014 10:30-11:30am *on now

Thursday 17th April, 10.30-11.30am
Come along and be inspired by Indian culture through the mosaics of Caroline Jariwala.The most famous Indian garden is the one in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It is well known for its large reflecting pool and fountains. Its flowerbeds once contained an abundance of vegetation such as trees, roses and daffodils but when the British took over its management in Victorian times, they laid the lawns we see now to look like the lawns of London’s landscape.
Suitable for age 3 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1 per child or free for season ticket holders.

Mr Banks Flim

Rural Cinema Saving Mr Banks

  • 26 — 27 April 2014 From 2:15pm

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April, 2.15pm
Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks top line Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold back story of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise-one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Inspired by true events, "Saving Mr. Banks" is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost spoiled it.

Admission

Cost: Adults £4.65, Concessions £3.85. Booking essential

Gravity Film

Corinium Cinema – Gravity

  • 15 May 2014 7-9pm

Gravity stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone. Cert 12A

Cost: Adults £5.50, Concession £4.50. Booking recommended.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Adults £5.50, Concession £4.50. Booking recommended.

A Fossil

Hidden Treasures: Curious Creatures

  • 22 May 2014 2:30-4pm

Afternoon talk with Emma Stuart and Simon Lawton
Explore the world of folk customs and taxidermy in this hidden treasures workshop bringing together the Corinium Museum and the John Moore Countryside Museum. This afternoon will explore the world of curious folk customs in the Cotswolds by bringing some unusual objects from the Corinium Museum collection out from the stores. The fascinating practise of taxidermy will be uncovered and its original purpose for field study and scientific record exposed. Objects from the John Moore Countryside collection will be on display and Emma and Simon will discuss both conservation of taxidermy animals and the pitfalls of managing organic matter in museum collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £5.65 or £5 to season ticket holders. Booking essential

Twelve years a slave film

Rural Cinema- Twelve Years a Slave

  • 24 — 25 May 2014 From 2:15pm

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May at 2.15pm
Twelve years a slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

Admission

Cost: Adults £4.65, Concessions £3.85. Booking highly recommended

Children in the gallery

Medieval Illuminated Initials - Family Drop-In

  • 27 May 2014 10:30-11:30am

Mediaeval monks developed the beautiful art of Illuminating religious manuscripts. Join Sarah to create an ‘illuminated’ initial to take home.


Suitable for age 3 and above All children must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1 per child or free for season ticket holders.

children at museum workshop

Printed Bags – Children Activity

  • 28 May 2014 10am-12pm

Using archaeology as inspiration, you will spend the morning experimenting with printing techniques ready to produce a final design on a fabric bag to take home.

Suitable for age 8 and above Parents welcome to stay, but consent forms required if children left unaccompanied.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Roman cockerel

Colourful Cockerels - A Family Drop-in

  • 29 May 2014 10:30-11:30am

Inspired by our new bronze and enamel cockerel acquisition, this activity encourages the exploration of colour by creating your very own cockerel on a stick to take home.

Suitable for age 3 and above All children must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1 per child or free for season ticket holders

Anglo saxon disc

Corinium Close Up: Anglo-Saxon Object Handling

  • 30 May 2014 2-3:30pm

Join Heather from the museum’s collections team who will be in the galleries giving visitors an opportunity to handle objects from the Museum’s unique Anglo-Saxon collection and discover more about these rare finds.

Admission

Cost: Included in Museum admission .Free for season ticket holders

lego movie

Friday Family Film - The Lego Movie

  • 30 May 2014 11am-1pm

The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie join Chris Pratt to form the cast of the first-ever full length theatrical LEGO movie, the greatest movie ever assembled. Certificate U, run time 1 hr. 41 min.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £4.65, Children £2.50 Booking recommended

Wadjda Film

Corinium Cinema: Wadjda

  • 12 June 2014 7-9pm

Thursday 12th June, 7pm
Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Adults £5.50, Concession £4.50 Booking essential

Bookes of shakespeare

Cirencester in Shakespeare’s Time

  • 12 June 2014 2:30-4pm

A Hidden Treasure talk with Amanda Hart:
Thursday 12th June 2014, 2.30 - 4pm
This year sees the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. To help us celebrate, join Curator Amanda Hart as she discusses some of Corinium’s Tudor objects and what they can reveal about life in Cirencester in the Bard’s era. This workshop will include the unveiling of a recent acquisition soon to go on display in the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price: £5.65 per person or £5 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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