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.
Cirencester church

Cirencester Arts Society

  • 7 September — 1 October 2017 *on now

7 September – 1 October

An eclectic exhibition showcasing works from the Cirencester Arts Society. Members use a variety of media and subject areas are diverse. Visitors are invited to view a wide range of work by artists in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media.

Cirencester Arts Society has over 50 members who have a shared interest in creating art, developing skills and showcasing their work in exhibitions around the local area.

Free Admission. All work for sale

Admission

Free Admission

Cotswold Club logo

Cotswold Arts Club Exhibition -Affordable Art

  • 5 — 29 October 2017

An exhibition of affordable art by local artists. The Cotswold Art Club was founded in 1931 and gives support and encouragement to artist’s working in the Cotswolds. Its primary role is to provide local artists with the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Based in Cheltenham it arranges an annual programme including artist’s demonstrations, workshops, en plein air painting and exhibitions.

This exhibition will present a varied selection of original work in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media. All work is by club members and is available to purchase and take away. The club always welcomes new members. www.cotswoldartclub.com

Free admission
All work for sale

Admission

Free admission

Cath Hodsman drawing

Autumn Insects

  • 16 — 30 October 2017

Mini Exhibition by Cath Hodsman
16 October – 30 October

This art exhibition celebrates the fascinating anatomy, diversity, colour, shape, form and importance of insects in the autumn. 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. Stunning work for sale.

Included in admission
Art work for sale

Admission

Included in 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.
Hosteller Monk

Be a Medieval Monk

  • 26 October 2017 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Valija Evalds
Thursday 26 October, 10.30-12pm

How did monks at Cirencester Abbey live 900 years ago? This workshop recreates a monastic day in miniature. Wear a monk’s habit, make a manuscript to take home, learn about medieval saints, herb gardens & medicine, and pray like it’s 1117.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

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

Hidden Figures Film

Rural Cinema - Hidden Figures

  • 23 — 24 September 2017 2:15pm

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September, 2.15pm

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space. NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operation in US history.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.40 per adult, £4.60 concession

Bronze Axe

Bronze in the Bronze Age: What was it for?

  • 28 September 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Rachel Crellin

The arrival of bronze metallurgy irrevocably altered the prehistoric world. Bronze plays a key role in the stories that we can tell about the Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland. The majority of research focusses on manufacture and deposition of bronze objects, but how were they actually used? Combining experimental work with metal weapons and tools with analyses of prehistoric axes, swords and spears we will begin to consider the changing uses and meanings of bronze during the Bronze Age.

Rachel Crellin is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses primarily on the archaeology of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Britain and Ireland.

Booking essential

Admission

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

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Coriolanus

  • 11 October 2017 7-9:45pm

Corinium Cinema RSC Live
William Shakespeare
Wednesday 11 October, 7pm

A full throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Season Director Angus Jackson completes the collection of Shakespeare’s epic Roman plays with Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse) in the title role.

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society members
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society members

Tile from the abbey

Gloucestershire Monasteries

  • 12 October 2017 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 12 October, 2 – 4pm

This year we commemorate 900 years since the founding of Cirencester Abbey. This talk aims to place it into the context of all Gloucestershire’s abbeys, priories and friaries. Few regions in England can boast such a catalogue and much remains to be seen, sometimes in surprising places.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

The Bicycle Thieves film

Corinium Cinema - The Bicycle Thieves

  • 19 October 2017 7-8:45pm

Thursday 19 October, 7pm

Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio, salvation has come… until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle. Bicycle Thieves is one of the most captivating and moving humanist stories.


Run time: 1 hr 33 min (U)
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.25 per adult £5.25 concessions

Herbalist Monk

Roman Clothing and Textiles

  • 21 October 2017 2-3pm

Gallery Tour with Dr Valija Evalds
Saturday 21 October, 2-3pm

Join Valija for a tour of the Roman galleries, examining the garments shown in works of Roman art. We’ll explore how knowledge of fashion, fibres and dyes can enrich our understanding of Roman images.

Cost: £5.00 per adult, free to season ticket holders

Admission

Cost: £5.00 per adult, free to season ticket holders

Children at a workshop

Monster Maracas

  • 21 October 2017 2-3pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 2-3pm

Musical instruments have been used for thousands of years. Create your own maraca and decorate it inspired by the beasts and creatures from myths and legends gone by.

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5.00 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5.00 for season ticket holders

Masks from Myths

Mythical Masks

  • 21 October 2017 11am-12pm

Family Drop-in & Discovery Zone
With Valija Evalds and Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 11-12pm

Learn about Roman myths through stories and objects. Create your own mask based on a character from Roman myth and legend and put it on for a fantastical photo.

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders
Suitable for ages 5 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders

Black Burnished ware pot

Roman Pots

  • 21 October 2017 10-11am

Family Drop-in & Discovery Zone
With Valija Evalds and Rebecca Shellenberger
Saturday 21 October, 10-11am

Learn about Roman pottery and how it was used through examining real Roman pot shards and handling replica pots. Then decorate your own pot on paper and assemble the mock pieces as an archaeologist would do.

Suitable for ages 5 and above

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child, £1.50 for season ticket holders

Mummy Peg Doll

Egyptian Mummy Peg Dolls

  • 23 October 2017 10:30-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Monday 23 October, 10.30-11.30am

No need to keep this activity under wraps! Let’s celebrate the season with a friendly and historical ghoul. These adorable Egyptian peg dolls will delight and entertain, and don’t forget to bring your mummy!


Booking required
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 season ticket holders

Author Steve Anthony

Unplugged’ and ‘When I Grow Up’

  • 24 October 2017 From 10:30am

Special Family Event with Steve Antony (author and illustrator)
Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-12pm

Children’s author Steve Antony visits the museum to celebrate the launch of his new books ‘Unplugged’ about enjoying outdoors and ‘When I Grow Up’ which is from Matilda the Musical, written by Tim Minchin. Join Steve for an interactive reading of his books and create ‘story stones’ whilst learning how to write and illustrate a great story. Take time to look around the museum for inspiration if you wish.
Waterstones will be selling copies of Steve’s books and he will be happy to sign books after the event.

In partnership with Waterstones and Hachette Children's Books.

Booking essential as places are limited
Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 season ticket holders

fortuna stone

Drawing Archaeology

  • 25 October 2017 10am-1pm

Adult Workshop with James Harris
Wednesday 25 October, 10-1pm

Join James to draw some rarely seen artefacts from the store from Stone Age to Medieval. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring any art equipment and a sketchbook. This is a relaxed and friendly workshop with gentle guidance if needed.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Cost: £15 per adult, £12 for season ticket holders

Cath Hodsman workshop

Incredible Insects

  • 25 October 2017 10am-1pm

Children’s Workshop with Cath Hodsman
Wednesday 25 October, 10-1pm

A wonderful opportunity for young insect fans to get up close and personal with incredible insects. Using high powered microscopes, you will see and draw insects like you never have before; from the wing of a butterfly to the eye of a ladybird.

All expert tuition and information provided.


Suitable for 7+ but please contact the museum if you have younger children who are interested.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £12 per child, £10 season ticket holders

kelmscott manor

William Morris in the Cotswolds

  • 26 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Juliet Heslewood

William Morris is known for his association with the Pre-Raphaelite painters. His work in the Cotswolds, through ‘Morris & Co’ can be seen in many church windows. Less known are the significant periods of time he spent here, not only at his home, Kelmscott, but while staying with friends in Broadway. Here his ideas for the protection of British buildings took root.

Juliet Heslewood MA, is an author and art historian. Juliet studied History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse.

Admission

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Genialis Tombstone

Tombstones

  • 26 October 2017 11am-12:30pm

Discovery Zone with Heather Dawson
Thursday 26 October, 11-12.30pm

Come and be an archaeologist! Learn to decode the Museums Roman tombstone inscriptions including the recently discovered Bodicacia tombstone. Have a go at using the Roman alphabet to write your own name.

Admission

Included in admission
Free for season ticket holders

Viceroys House Film

Rural Cinema Viceroys House

  • 28 — 29 October 2017 2:15-4pm

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 2.15pm

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

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

Admission

Cost: £5.20 per adult, £4.40 concession

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Twelfth Night

  • 14 February 2018 7-9:45pm

Corinium Cinema RSC Live
William Shakespeare
Wednesday 14 February, 7pm

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heart breaking. Twins Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. Christopher Luscombe and the creative team that brought you the beautiful Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 & 2016) return with Shakespeare’s greatest comedy.

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society Members
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £17.00 per adult, £15.00 for season ticket holders and Roman Society Members

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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