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.
Coast picture

Exhibition - Coast

  • 29 September — 31 October 2016

Exhibition by CHART art collective
29 September – 31 October

CHART is a small, Cheshire based collective of visual artists interested in the links between all the arts and sciences, and in structure, time, words, numbers and symbols. They share a deep sense of the connectivity of human experience, our relationship with nature and the importance of spirituality. References to all these elements are evident in their work. Their new exhibition COAST examines the elemental nature of our shorelines, the interaction of land and sea as well as the beauty and power of the littoral. www.chart.uk.com
Free admission
Works for sale

Admission

Free admission

Christmas

Mystery Objects

  • 1 December 2016 — 8 January 2017

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

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

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.
Dannicus tombstone

Wooden Horses: The Early Occupation of Cirencester

  • 29 September 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Catherine Hoggarth
Thursday 29 September, 7-8.30pm

Beneath Cirencester and the mosaic floors of Corinium lay the remains of a first century military fort. Focusing on objects from the museum's early Roman collection, this talk will explore what we know and can theorize about the life of the Roman auxiliary cavalry at Cirencester in the first century AD. How did the different units differentiate themselves within the confines of the Roman military machine? Did they keep their horses inside or outside the fort? What was the purpose of the Hippika gymnasia? This talk will also consider how questions like these can further our understanding of the early Roman occupation of Cirencester.

Catherine Hoggarth is a PhD student at the University of Kent researching the bridges of ancient Rome. She is also researching the early Roman period of Cirencester for the Corinium's HLF development project.

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

Abbot Abbey

Afternoon Talk - The Death of King John, 1216

  • 6 October 2016 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter


800 years ago; a French invasion, a failed regime, the sudden death of a king. These events came into our region when King John was buried at Worcester, creating the biggest cliff-hanger in history. Join Tim Porter to find out more!

Admission

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

Florence-Foster-Jenkins Film

Corinium Cinema - Florence Foster Jenkins

  • 13 October 2016 7-9pm

Corinium Cinema

Based on an astonishing true story, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the hilarious and inspiring Florence Foster Jenkins tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.


Run time: 1hr. 50 min.(PG)

Admission

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

Mosaic tile

Children’s Workshop - Mini Mosaics

  • 25 October 2016 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Tuesday 25 October, 10.30-12pm

Learn the Roman art of mosaic making by creating your own mosaic tile to take home. All materials and instruction provided.

Suitable for ages 8 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

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

Hazelton Long barrow

Family Drop-in - Bronze Age Burials

  • 25 October 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer

A long time ago, people called the Beaker people came to Britain and were buried with decorated pots and other objects. Make a Beaker burial to take home.


Suitable for ages 3 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2 per child, £1 for season ticket holders

Witches

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Witches

  • 26 October 2016 10-11am

Family Drop-in with Jane Bovenizer
Wednesday 26 October, 10-11am

“Double, double, toil and trouble.” Join the museum team and make a stretchy witch to take home this Halloween.

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

Cotswold Views

Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire: Place-Names and Landscape

  • 27 October 2016 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Dr Simon Draper

Place-name scholars and archaeologists have not always seen eye to eye, yet the two disciplines have much to offer each another. This lecture will examine the relationship between place-names and archaeology in Gloucestershire with a special emphasis on aspects of the Anglo-Saxon landscape, including Roman-to-Saxon continuity, minster churches, royal and aristocratic dwellings and early kingdoms.

Dr Simon Draper is Assistant Editor for the Victoria County History and editor of the Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. He studied archaeology at Durham University and his doctorate (published in 2006) focused on Roman and early medieval Wiltshire. He has written a number of articles on place-names and the Anglo-Saxon landscape.


Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 for season ticket holders
Booking essential - call 01285 655611

Website

https://coriniummuseum.org/

roman drawing

Children’s Drawing Workshop -Roman Draw

  • 27 October 2016 11am-1pm

Children’s Drawing Workshop with James Harris
Thursday 27 October, 11-1pm

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: £7.50 per child, £6.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 7 and above

Robinson Crusoe Film

Robinson Crusoe - Family Film Friday

  • 28 October 2016 11am-12:30pm

Friday 28 October, 11am

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals. It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals don’t speak “human.” Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children
Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £2.50 children

The Revenant Flim

The Revenant - Rural Cinema

  • 29 — 30 October 2016 From 2:15pm

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October, 2.15pm

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Booking recommended

Admission

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

Found Fired and Fabulous Group Exhibition

Group Exhibition - Found, Fired and Fabulous

  • 3 — 27 November 2016

Found objects, fired glass and ceramics become unique, colourful and delicate creations in a fabulous exhibition by five local artists. Marion Mitchell makes textured, imaginative sculptures and vessels using glazes in a unique and painterly way. Tara Davidson creates beautifully textured ceramics featuring antique lace and plants. Amanda Moriarty's inspiration from urban and rural landscapes utilises dynamic colour to create unique kiln-fired glass. Hannah Mathison's extraordinary reclaimed metal and wood sculptures transport you to a world of inspiration and creativity. Gourd and Horse presents playful and functional handcrafted ceramic works. Piggy banks for grown-ups, yarn bowls for knitting-bees and orchid pots for green-fingers

Free admission
All work for sale

Admission

Free admission
All work for sale

Room The Film

Corinium Cinema - Room

  • 10 November 2016 7-9pm

Room is an unparalleled celebration of the bond between parent and child. Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for 5 year-old Jack, where they have both lived for Jack’s whole life. But when Ma decides they have to escape, she risks everything to give Jack the chance to make a thrilling discovery.


Run time: 1hr. 58 min. (15)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6 per adult, £5 concessions

Abbey

The Coronation of Henry III, 1216

  • 17 November 2016 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 17 November, 2- 4pm

This year Gloucester commemorates the hasty crowning of a 9-year old monarch. War was raging and his kingship hung by a thread, yet he lived longer than any other medieval king overseeing a prosperous and peaceful country. Join Tim Porter to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Henry III’s auspicious accession.



Booking essential

Admission

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

Roman coins

Every Roman Coin Tells a Story

  • 24 November 2016 From 7pm

Evening Lecture with Roger Box
Thursday 24 November, 7- 8.30pm

Roman coins were not only day to day currency, they were a method of communicating information and state propaganda throughout the empire. They are a valuable source of information that gives an insight into the very centre of Roman power and thinking. Using original coins, Roger Box will interpret the meaning and translate the messages coins convey.

Roger Box is a retired forensic archaeologist, numismatist and war crimes investigator with four decades of specialist knowledge in Roman and Medieval coinage.

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

Christmas

The Music of Christmas

  • 1 December 2016 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 1 December, 2- 4pm

Tim Porter shares his passion for music this Christmas. Hear the vast body of music written for the festive season with Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn and some lesser known composers over the years. Reflect on the beauty and mystery of the time through this musical lecture.

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

Miracle on 34th Street

Corinium Cinema - Miracle on 34th Street

  • 8 December 2016 7-9pm

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

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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