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

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.
Make a Craft

Creepy Corinium Cupcakes

  • 22 October 2018 10:30-11:30am *on now

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Monday 22 October, 10.30-11.30am

Using the spooky season and our medusa mosaic for inspiration, join Rebecca to create a creepy cupcake from design to consumption. Yes! You get to eat your creation. Includes instruction and all materials.
Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 members

Sock Monster

Sock Monster!

  • 23 October 2018 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tuesday 23 October, 10.30 -12pm

Ever wondered what to do with those spare socks when one goes missing? Well, come along and learn how to create your own special sock monster in this morning workshop. Be inspired by monsters from myths and legends. All instruction and materials provided.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8 per child, £7 members

Beast Books

Autumn Beast Books

  • 24 October 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Children’s Workshop with Volly Evalds
Wednesday 24 October, 11.30-12.30pm

Create an encyclopaedia of autumn animals, inspired by our local fauna and your own fancy. Using a series of drawing and calligraphy techniques, you will create your own book to take home.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 members

Mini Mosaic tile

Mini Mosaics

  • 24 October 2018 10-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 24 October, 10-11.30am

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. We will explore the museum looking for inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collections. During this morning workshop you will create a mosaic tile to take home using colourful, safe glass tiles. All materials and instruction provided.

Suitable for age 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children as there is quite a lot of supervision required for children under 8


Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £8 per child, £7 members

Grave Goods

New Discoveries at Lechlade

  • 25 October 2018 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Andrew Hood
Thursday 25 October, 7-8.30pm

Excavations at Lechlade Memorial Hall revealed Late Neolithic pits and the remains of an Early Bronze Age barrow, with a high-status ‘dagger-grave, along with other prehistoric burials. Numerous later prehistoric pit alignments and other boundaries were also present. Two Saxon ‘grubenhauser’ dwellings possibly represented part of a settlement related to the Butler’s Field Anglo – Saxon cemetery.

Andrew is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Project Manager at Foundations Archaeology. He has a wide experience of performing, managing and reporting fieldwork projects of different periods throughout Britain.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members

Gargoyle Workshop

Gargoyles

  • 25 October 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Children’s Workshop with Volly Evalds
Thursday 25 October, 11.30-12.30pm

Gargoyles appear on the outside of churches and are often decorated in the form of animal heads with gaping mouths or human heads with their tongues sticking out. Come along to this workshop and create a beastly mask to wear and take home.


Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 for members

Sock Monster

Sock Monster!

  • 25 October 2018 10-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with James Harris
Tuesday 25 October, 10 -11.30am

Ever wondered what to do with those spare socks when one goes missing? Well, come along and learn how to create your own special sock monster in this morning workshop. Be inspired by monsters from myths and legends. All instruction and materials provided.


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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £8 per child, £7 members

Happy Prince Film

Rural Cinema The Happy Prince

  • 27 — 28 October 2018 2:15pm

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October, 2.15pm

The last days of Oscar Wilde -- and the ghosts that haunted them -- are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett's directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.

Cost: £5.60 per adult, £4.80 concession

Admission

Cost: £5.60 per adult, £4.80 concession

Stone Store

Behind the Scenes: Ruins of Corinium

  • 7 November 2018 11am-12pm

Wednesday 7 November, 11-12pm
Talk with Heather Dawson at the Museum Resource Centre, Northleach

A unique opportunity to explore the reserve collection held at Northleach. An array of Roman sculpture, stonework and mosaics give us an insight into how Roman Cirencester would have looked.


Limited to 10 people- For more details & to book, please contact the museum.

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

  • 8 November 2018 7-8:45pm

Corinium Cinema
Thursday 8 November, 7pm

When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi embarks on an epic journey in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. Stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson.

Cert: PG
Run time: 1 hr. 39 min.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 concession

Troilus and Cressida

RSC Live Troilus & Cressida

  • 14 November 2018 From 7pm

Corinium Cinema
Wednesday 14 November, 7pm
Join us for an RSC Live screening of Troilus & Cressida at the Corinium Cinema.

“Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion”

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida’s uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £17 per adult or £15 members

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Roman Capitals

  • 14 November 2018 10am-1pm

Calligraphy Workshop with Adele Dark
Wednesday 14 November, 10-1pm

Look at the original Roman Capital lettering carved into stone in the Corinium Museum collections. Artist Adele Dark will share the form and design of Roman Capital letters used in calligraphy. Practicing this ancient art, you will design a panel about you including your name.

Adele Dark, Artist and Calligrapher, is a fully qualified teacher who has worked with museums, art centres and schools both in Jersey and the UK. Adele is member of the Society of Scribes and a printmaking graduate. Visit adeledark.squarespace.com


Booking essential

Admission

Cost £25 per adult or £22 members

Walking in the past

The Landscape of English Music

  • 15 November 2018 2-4pm

Afternoon Talk with Tim Porter
Thursday 15 November, 2-4pm

As we remember the 1918 Armistice, this is a pictorial journey through the lives of local composers who bore witness to those troubling events. Elgar, Holst, Gurney – our local landscapes gave rise to their remarkable music; and one should never forget, Vaughn Williams, Howells and especially Hubert Parry, whose centenary falls this year.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult or £6 members

La Bayadere Ballet

La Bayadère

  • 18 November 2018 From 2pm

Royal Opera House LIVE Ballet
Corinium Cinema
Sunday 18 November, 2pm

Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £17 per adult, £15 members

Roman Art and architecture

An Introduction to Roman Art and Architecture

  • 21 November 2018 2-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Dr Valija Evalds
Wednesday 21 November, 2-3.30pm

The first of a series of 3 talks exploring Roman Art. This illustrated lecture introduces the main characteristics of Roman art and architecture, from portraits of emperors to the shop signs of grocers, and from temples to sewers. Brush up on the basics, or dip your first toe into art history.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members

The Greatest Showman Film

The Greatest Showman

  • 24 — 25 November 2018 2:15pm

Rural Cinema
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November, 2.15pm

'The Greatest Showman' is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life.

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Cost: £5.60 per adult, £4.80 concession

Admission

Cost: £5.60 per adult, £4.80 concession

Women in Roman Britain

Women in Roman Britain

  • 29 November 2018 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Candace McGovern
Thursday 29 November, 7-8.30pm

Roles associated with gender often vary throughout the life course and are influenced by a wide range of factors. Candace McGovern is undertaking a study of female graves, comprising human remains and grave goods, for her PhD thesis. Her aim is to increase understanding of the Romano-British life course of women, as presented in the burial record. Candace uses a mixture of osteological and archaeological data to further her research in this field. Her evening lecture will outline this research and some of the conclusions she has reached to date.
Canadace is a PhD student at the University of Reading. Her interests include gender theory, SEN education and museum management.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members

THE NUTCRACKER. Artists of The Royal Ballet,

The Nutcracker

  • 3 — 9 December 2018

Royal Opera House LIVE Ballet
Corinium Cinema
Monday 3 December, 7.15pm
Sunday 9 December, 2pm

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

Cost: £17 per adult, £15 members
Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £17 per adult, £15 members

Corinium Mosaics

Spotlight on the Seasons Mosaic

  • 5 December 2018 2:30-3pm

Gallery Talk with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 5 December, 2.30-3pm

The Seasons Mosaic is one of the earliest mosaics on display in the Corinium Museum. Emma will share more about one of the finest Roman mosaics in the country. We will spend time in the gallery next to the mosaic giving opportunity for discussion and appraisal.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £3 per adult, £2.50 members

Art Of Roman Health

The Art of Roman Health

  • 12 December 2018 2-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Dr Valija Evalds
Wednesday 12 December, 2-3.30pm

The second of a series of 3 talks exploring Roman Art. This illustrated lecture will consider the art and architecture of health and medicine in the Roman Empire, including baths, healing sanctuaries and military hospitals. Come and experience the Roman world of ingenuity, inquiry and superstition.

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members
Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members

festive_lanterns

Festive Lanterns

  • 18 December 2018 10:30-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tuesday 18 December, 10.30-11.30am

Create a special seasonal lantern to brighten the dark winter nights. All instruction and materials provided.

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 members
Booking essential
Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 members

Christmas Mosaic

Christmas Mosaics

  • 19 December 2018 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 19 December, 10.30-12pm

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. We will explore the museum taking inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collections. During this morning workshop you will create a mosaic tile to take home using colourful, safe glass tiles. All materials and instruction provided.

Suitable for age 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children as there is quite a lot of supervision required for children under 8.


Booking essential

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £8 per child, £7 members

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Peg Doll Angels and Dragons

  • 20 December 2018 12pm

Children’s Workshop with Volly Evalds
Thursday 20 December, 12-1pm

Enter the world of winter fantasy. Make a peg doll angel with wings, halo and sparkling raiment and a fire breathing dragon that can clip onto a Christmas tree or give as a magical gift.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 6 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £5.50 per child, £5 members

Stories With Santa

Stories with Santa

  • 20 December 2018 10-11:30am

Seasonal Storytelling
Thursday 20 December, 10-10.30am and 11.30-12pm

Santa visits the Corinium Museum to tell a short story from the North Pole in a magical setting and present the children with a seasonal gift at the end. A special occasion for families or playgroups with young children.


Booking essential
Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £3.50 per child (includes a gift), £2 per adult

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

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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