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: £5.40
Concessions: £4.60
Children (5 to 16): £2.60
Students: £3.50
Families (2 adults and max 5 children): 10% of full ticket charge
Under 5s free
Annual season ticket:
Adult £15.60
Concession £12.50
Student £10.40
Child £7.80

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

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.
wood weave and wings exbit

Wings, Wood, Weave

  • 1 July — 1 August 2021 *on now

Keeping it local this summer with a group exhibition of local artists and makers. An exploratory and eclectic mix of woodcut prints by Katie Ballard, photographs by George Brooks and hand-woven Saori textiles by Jak Harrison.
George has been a world travelling corporate photographer for 30 years. Katie enjoyed time as an Art Director in a local marketing agency and Jak is a writer and self-taught Saori weaver. All based in Cirencester, George, Katie and Jak have explored hands-on or close-to-home creative activities in recent months – a reflection perhaps of the odd times we have been living through.

Admission

Free

Art Exhibition

Responses” Art Exhibition by Brian Britton and Paul Deacon

  • 5 — 30 August 2021

A selling exhibition showcasing a range of both realistic and non-figurative works that have been created to a wide range of stimuli and are responses to these visual investigations. The exhibition brings together textural painting and the beautiful line of print.
Brian gained his degree from Bristol University before embarking on a career teaching Art and Design. After 36 years in the classroom, teaching junior and secondary pupils, and training student teachers he retired to focus on his own art work, painting and drawing, creating bas-relief sculptures, and especially relief printmaking. In recent years his inspiration has been drawn from the landscapes, buildings, animals and plants of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Paul trained at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham and Brighton College of Art, working in North Wiltshire as a teacher and artist for more than 40 years. Paul’s working process is driven by discovering subjects which resonate with him, using them as a starting point with the aim of revealing surprising outcomes.
Both artists are actively engaged in the running of local art societies and have exhibited for a number of years in both local and national exhibitions, having work in private collection both here in England and abroad. A group exhibition at the Corinium Museum Cirencester.

Oil Painting for the exhibition

The Cotswolds and Beyond

  • 3 September — 17 October 2021

Exhibition by Susan Carr and Peter Humphries
Fri 3 September – Sun 17 October

A joint exhibition of landscapes in oils, painted mainly en plein air, celebrating the beauty of the Cotswolds and beyond, by Wiltshire artists Susan Carr www.susanmcarr.co.uk
and Terry Humphries www.terencehumphries.co.uk

Terry studied at Swindon School of Art, gaining his BA (Hons.) in Design/Illustration in 1999. He has since worked as a freelance illustrator and college lecturer until 2006.

Susan’s professional journey began with a BA (Hons) degree in Design/Illustration at Swindon School of Art in the 1990s, followed by two years as Artist in Residence at Hreod Parkway Secondary School in Swindon. Working with some of the pupils in the 'Exclusion Unit' Susan began to see how Art could be used as therapy, and enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire for an MA in Art Therapy. After qualifying Susan worked for 12 years as an art therapist at the Prospect Hospice in Swindon and in 2008 returned to university, this time Loughborough, for a PhD developing an intervention called Portrait Therapy. This is used as a way to help people who experience life threatening or chronic illnesses or other trauma as a disruption to their sense of self-identity. Susan has written a book about Portrait Therapy.

Free entry

Admission

Free of Change

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.
Abbey Grounds

Medieval Cirencester Town Tour with Dr Valija Evalds

  • 28 July 2021 11am-12pm

Monks, merchants and mud! Cotswold sheep were some of the best in Europe, and their fleeces were sent all over Europe in the middle ages. The proceeds made fortunes, built a lavish parish church, underwrote a hospital, and supported markets, inns and shops. Join Dr Valija Evalds to experience medieval Cirencester: from sacred splendours to squalid streets on this walking tour. Walk lasts about an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.
Booking recommended as places are limited

Admission

£6.50 - £7.50 see web site for details

Roman Corinium

Roman Cirencester Town Tour with Ian Thomas

  • 30 July 2021 11am-12:15pm

Fri 30 July , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Roman Cirencester Town Tour with Ian Thomas
The remains of the ancient Roman town of Corinium lie underneath our feet as we walk around Cirencester. Explore the archaeology and key discoveries that point to this being one of the most vibrant and wealthy towns in Roman Britain. The walk lasts about an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum. Booking recommended as places are limited

Admission

£60.50 - £7.50

Bone An Antler Carving

Bone and Antler Carving Adult Craft Workshop with Dr James Dilley

  • 31 July 2021 10:30am-4pm

Sat 31 July , 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£70 – £80
Bone and antler has been used from the start of prehistory up to the modern day for making tools and ornamentation. People in prehistory had a close relationship with the animals these resources came from, what does that tell us about the past? Join experimental archaeologist, Dr James Dilley, to make replicas of prehistoric bone and antler artefacts using authentic tools and materials. There is a huge selection of prehistoric objects including harpoons, needles, pins, combs, belt hooks, spear points and fish hooks to name a few – which will you choose? Your tools to make these replicas will include sandstone files, flint tools, copper and bronze tools.
You will need to wear old clothes and an apron. Face coverings such as masks or visors may be necessary. All materials provided.
Age 16+ Booking essential as places are limited

Admission

£70.00 - £80.00 see web site for details

Abbey Walk

Cirencester Abbey Town Tour with Dr Valija Evalds

  • 4 August 2021 11am-12pm

Wed 4 August , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm £6.50 – £7.50
Join Valija for a town tour that explores the once majestic and beautiful Cirencester Abbey that stood in the middle of the town, from its foundation to its final fall under Henry VII. This walking tour will explore the impact of the Abbey on the town, the people and the landscape; from alms to tax collecting, from trade to conflict, from construction to destruction.
Walk lasts about an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.
Booking recommended as places are limited

Admission

£6.50 - £7.50 See web site details

Ted time travelling Toilet

Ted’s Time-Travelling Toilet A Selection of Readings by author Steven Vinacour

  • 6 August 2021 11am-12pm

Family Event
Fri 6 August, 11-12pm
Fri 6 August, 12.30-1.30pm

Join children’s author Steven Vinacour for a selection of readings from his first publication, Ted’s Time-Travelling Toilet: Roman’s Rewind. He will be answering questions and signing copies of his book for those that wish to buy one at the end of the reading. His new book Ted’s Time-Travelling Toilet: Tudor Tangle will also be available.
This is a socially distanced event in the museum’s new Winstone Learning Centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost £6.99 (includes a copy of one of Steven Vinacour’s books)

Cath Hodson Workshop

Insect Metamorphosis Watercolour Painting Workshop with Cath Hodsman

  • 7 August 2021 10:30am-4pm

Insect Metamorphosis Watercolour Painting Workshop with Cath Hodsman
Sat 7 August , 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £80 – £90
An Artistic and Scientific Appreciation of Metamorphosis – the Beautiful and Mysterious Lifecycle of Butterflies and Moths”
A Cath Hodsman watercolour painting workshop suitable for all levels.
Metamorphosis is a truly unique and magical natural phenomenon. So little is known about how it happens and yet, the result of each stage is a wonder to behold… This watercolour painting workshop will use art to pay homage to this incredible natural transformation.
Cath and course participants will study how this mysterious process manifests itself, in butterflies and moths. Each fascinating stage of metamorphosis will be studied in all its beauty and wonder. Each student will have access to their own high-powered microscopes, as well as her large selection of ethically sourced insect specimens and macro photos, to study the hidden beauty of this incredible process.
Participants will then use microscopes, specimens and macro photographs to produce a detailed and unique watercolour painting that pays homage to this amazing process. You don’t have to be an expert in either watercolour painting or entomology; you just need to be fascinated by both.
Cath Hodsman is a British wildlife and natural history artist. She is one of the U.K’s foremost entomological artists, illustrators and teachers and is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology. Based in the Cotswolds, she has exhibited and showcased her art or taught at many relevant esteemed venues throughout her career.
Booking is essential.
An equipment list will be sent out after booking.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£80 - £90 See web site for details

Cordage Workshop

Natural Twine (cordage) Making with Stuart Ballard

  • 12 August 2021 10:30am-4pm

Adult Eco-workshop
12 August, 10.30am-4pm

Natural twine or cordage making was a technological turning point in our prehistoric development. In one step we suddenly had string for bows, thread for stitching garments, line for making nets and then into bigger ropes. Join Stuart Ballard in this eco-workshop that will teach you how to select natural materials for cord and how to turn natural plan materials into usable objects. During this workshop you will try out different materials and the methods for making twine and create your own eco-necklace or bracelet adorned with a birch pendant using the techniques you have learnt. Perfect for jewellery and textile makers who want to move towards eco-friendly materials and away from plastic based cords.

All instruction and materials provided.

Admission

Cost: £60 per adult, £50 members

Clay workshop

Sculpture and Mark-making in Clay

  • 19 August 2021 10:30am-4pm

Thu 19 August , 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £70 – £80
Join Paul Deacon, experienced artist and teacher, to create your own series of ‘artefacts’ in clay inspired by the museum collections. This workshops will encourage you to look at the objects in the museum’s archaeological collections ranging from sculpture, reliefs and pottery fragments, and make a response using clay.
Paul will take your work home to dry and fire it in an improvised kiln using sawdust and wood shavings. The firing process will be filmed and shared on the Corinium Museum youtube channel.
You will need to wear old clothes and an apron. Face coverings such as masks or visors may be necessary. All materials provided. Age 16+ Booking essential as places are limited

Admission

£70 - £80 Please see web site for details

Town Walk

Cirencester in the Conflict Town Tour with Ian Thomas

  • 21 August 2021 11am-12pm

Cirencester has experienced its fair share of conflict and hostility. From Parliamentarians vs. Royalists, the local divide prompted by a split in the Christian faith and the Abbot against the people. Some conflicts ended in disagreements but most, in bloodshed. Join Ian for this walking tour taking you through Cirencester’s most turbulent times.
Booking recommended as places are limited

Admission

£6.50 – £7.50see web site for details

Cath Hodson Bee

Studying and Painting Pollinating Insects with Cath Hodsman

  • 21 August 2021 10:30am-4pm

Cath Hodsman, a Cotswold-based Wildlife & Natural History artist, who specialises in painting & sketching invertebrates and counts Buckingham Palace amongst her clients, will be leading this unique and fascinating day.
This painting workshop is aimed at watercolour painting beginners and for those who want to learn more about the hidden worlds that are all around us. It will examine the essential and fascinating relationship between pollinating insects and the plants that they live in, on and around. It will look at how plants provide food for insects, in return for pollination and how the insects obtain this food.
Each student will have exclusive use of their own dedicated microscope, magnifying glasses and macro photographs, as well as Cath’s own huge insect (ethically sourced) specimen collection, to look at the anatomy of insects, in order to produce a unique and detailed watercolor painting.
An equipment list will be sent out on booking a place on the course

Admission

£80 – £90 See web site for details

Mini Mosaic workshop

Mini Mosaics Children’s Workshop

  • 23 August 2021 10:30am-12pm

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. We will explore the museum looking for inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collections and then create a mosaic tile to take home using colourful, safe glass tiles.
Please wear old clothes and bring an apron. All materials and instruction provided. You may be required to wear a face covering such as a mask or visor.
Booking essential. Suitable for ages 8 and above.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£10.00 – £12.00 see web site for details

Abbey Grounds

Cirencester Abbey Town Tour with Dr Valija Evalds

  • 25 August 2021 11am-12pm

Join Valija for a town tour that explores the once majestic and beautiful Cirencester Abbey that stood in the middle of the town, from its foundation to its final fall under Henry VII. This walking tour will explore the impact of the Abbey on the town, the people and the landscape; from alms to tax collecting, from trade to conflict, from construction to destruction.
Walk lasts about an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.
Booking recommended as places are limited

Admission

£6.50 – £7.50 Please see our web site for details

Art Workshop Hare Picture

Artefacts in Print Adult art workshop with Brian Britton

  • 25 August 2021 10:30am-4pm

Wed 25 August , 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £70 – £80
Join Brian Britton, experienced artist and teacher, and connect with archaeology through observation and printmaking. After exploring the museum collections, you will make a few preliminary drawings before developing a series of final prints using the trace monotype method. You will have lots of opportunities to review your work and make refinements under expert tuition as you go along. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a series of beautiful prints perfect for framing or sketchbooks.
You will need to wear old clothes and an apron. Face coverings such as masks or visors may be necessary. All materials provided but please not that some of these will be oil based inks.
Age 16+ Booking essential as places are limited

Admission

£70 – £80 Please see our web site for details

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014 logo: Museums at Night

Website

http://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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