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.
Votes for women

Votes for Women

  • 20 June 2019 10:30-11:15am

Town Walk with Sue Jones
Thurs 20 June, 10.30-11.30am

Join Sue Jones and see where Mrs. Pankhurst was photographed on her visit to the town. Sue will lead people on a journey of women’s suffrage and explore the stories of the battles faced by local women who were fighting for the vote. Walk lasts no more than an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.

Booking recommended
Limited to 15 people.

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Mary Queen of Scots

Rural Cinema – Mary Queen of Scotts

  • 22 — 23 June 2019 2:15pm

Sat 22 & Sun 23 June, 2.15pm

Mary Queen of Scots is a historical drama based on the life of Mary Stuart and her rivalry with Elizabeth I. It explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £5.80 per adult, £4.95 concession

Map

Map Coasters

  • 27 June 2019 7-9pm

Adult Event with Rebecca Shellenberger
Thurs 27 June, 7-9pm

Bring a friend and your own beverage – leave with a set of custom made coasters and a smile on your face. This is a new series of evening sessions where adults can meet up informally to try their hand at a bit of craft and enjoy a social evening. All materials and instruction provided.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £10 per adult, £8 members

Egyption objects

Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt

  • 27 June 2019 7-8:30pm

Evening Lecture with Maiken Mosleth King
Thurs 27 June, 7-8.30pm

Ancient Egypt is famous for tombs, pyramids and an unusually elaborate treatment of the dead. Come and join us for an introduction to ancient Egyptian religion and burial customs. We’ll explore Egyptian collections of the Corinium Museum and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. What can objects tell us about ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and funerary practices? Maiken Mosleth King is currently undertaking a PhD in Egyptology at the University of Bristol.


Booking Recommended

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Stan & Ollie Film

Corinium Cinema Stan & Ollie

  • 11 July 2019 7-8:45pm

Corinium Cinema
Thurs 11 July, 7pm

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy in the untold story of the world’s greatest comedy act. Stan & Ollie wonderfully portrays the unique and precious partnership of the legendary duo as they set out on a tour of Britain in the twilight of their career. Whilst they face an uncertain future the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, making each other and their audiences laugh.

Cert: PG
Run time: 1 hr. 35 min.

Admission

Cost: £6.70 per adult, £5.70 concession

Civil War Walk

Cirencester in the Civil War

  • 16 July 2019 11am-12pm

Festival of Archaeology
Town Walk with Ian Thomas
Tues 16 July, 11-12pm

Ian Thomas will lead a walk around the town bringing to life the ‘storming of Cirencester’ in 1643. See where events unfolded and consider the significance of Cirencester in the English Civil War. The walk will explore the town centre, the Abbey Grounds and Cirencester Park and will last no more than an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.


Booking recommended
Limited to 10 people.

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Roman Solider Trail

Children’s Roman Soldier Trail

  • 18 July — 2 September 2019

18 July – 02 September

Search for the Roman soldiers around the museum galleries this summer. We invite younger children to find the Roman soldiers hidden around the museum and older children who find them will answer questions to find out what life as a Roman soldier was like. Once complete, children claim their prize at the end.

Cost: £1 per child, includes a prize

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £1 per child, includes a prize
Plus entry to the museum

Recent Excavations in the north Cotswolds

Recent Excavations in the North Cotswolds

  • 18 July 2019 2:30-3:30pm

Festival of Archaeology
Afternoon Talk with Dr Alison Brookes
Thurs 18 July, 2.30-3.30pm

Join Alison at a talk to explore the fascinating archaeological discoveries of the North Cotswolds. The lecture will focus on settlements and the ceremonial landscape of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and surrounding area from recent excavations. There will also be an opportunity to see finds from the excavations some of which will be incorporated into the new Prehistory gallery displays.


Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Activity Zone

Stone Age Painting

  • 23 July 2019 10:30am-12pm

Festival of Archaeology
Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tues 23 July, 10.30-12pm

Get hands-on with the natural methods that people have been using for the creation of art for thousands of years. Be prepared to get creative and messy! Be inspired by the cave paintings of animals, hand prints and people that have been found all over the world. Learning new techniques and going back to the past to create your own artworks to take home.


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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

 Festival of Archaeology Dig Pit

Dig Pit

  • 23 — 25 July 2019

Festival of Archaeology
Family Event
23 & 25 July, 11-12pm

Visit the museum and learn about archaeological techniques by trying your hand in one of our dig pits. Complete your own mini excavation report, measure objects you unearth, identify them and try your hand at drawing them too.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in Admission to the museum

Medieval town Walk

Medieval Cirencester

  • 24 July 2019 2-3pm

Festival of Archaeology
Town Walk with Dr Valija Evalds
Wed 24 July, 2-3pm

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 Valija to experience medieval Cirencester: from sacred splendours to squalid streets on this walking tour. Lasts an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat!


Booking recommended
Limited to 10 people.

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Mini Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 24 July 2019 10:30am-12pm

Festival of Archaeology
Children’s Workshop with Emma Stuart
Wed 24 July, 10.30-12pm

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.


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

Admission

Cost: £8 per child, £7.25 members

tombstone

Roman Bones

  • 25 July 2019 2-4pm

Festival of Archaeology
Afternoon Talk with James Harris
Thurs 25 July, 2-4pm

An afternoon talk offering a special opportunity to examine up close, a selection of human remains from the Roman and Saxon period. Learn about the techniques to identify gender, age, and health. No archaeological experience necessary.


Not suitable for children. Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Activity Zone

Roman Chariots

  • 25 July 2019 10:30-11:30am

Festival of Archaeology
Children’s Workshop with Valija Evalds
Thurs 25 July, 10.30-11.30am

In July the Romans celebrated the Festival of Apollo with plays, contests and horse racing. We will celebrate by searching for Apollo in the gallery, and then making gold chariots and horses from card.


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

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £5.75 per child, £5.25 members

Roman Armour

Roman Armour

  • 26 July 2019 10:30am-12pm

Festival of Archaeology
Children’s Workshop with James Harris
Fri 26 July, 10.30-12pm

Join the invasion! Become a Roman soldier with your own full set of Roman armour including shield, helmet, standard and sword. James will also dazzle you with some real Roman artefacts from the store.

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

Roman Cirencester

Roman Cirencester

  • 30 July 2019 10:30-11:30am

Town Walk with Amanda Hart
Tues 30 July, 10.30-11.30am

A walk discovering Cirencester’s Roman heritage beneath your feet. Join Amanda for a tour of the town exploring archaeological discoveries and hearing about the development of Corinium. 1 hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.


Booking recommended
Limited to 10 people.

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Roman Games

Roman Games

  • 30 July 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tues 30 July, 10.30-12pm

Ever wondered how Romano-British children passed their leisure time? Put down those electronic devices and come along to create custom gaming pieces and a gaming board for your children to take away.

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 for members
Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 for members

Mini Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 1 August 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Valija Evalds
Thurs 01 August, 10.30-12pm

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.



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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

working together to make a craft

Sock Hobby Horse

  • 5 August 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Mon 05 August, 10.30-12pm

Kick up your feet and get on your hobby horse! Children will use a sock, a pole, and a ton of creativity to crate this iconic children’s toy. Construct, decorate, name and GIDDY UP!


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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

children in the museum

Object Handling

  • 5 — 30 August 2019

Mon, Wed & Fri
Throughout August, 11am

Hold history in your hands and discover more about the museum’s collection at our object handling trolley.
Cost: Included in Admission

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: Included in Admission

Activity Zone

Activity Zone

  • 5 — 30 August 2019

Mon & Fri
Throughout August, 11am

Get hands-on at one of our Activity Zones with a variety of craft experiences for all the family. Learn about life in the past

Included in Admission

Suitable for

  • Any age
Sheep

Pom-pom Sheep Garland

  • 6 August 2019 10:30-11:30am

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tues 06 August, 10.30-11.30am

Create a flock of Pom-pom sheep to brighten up your room or party! Bunting. Sheep. Pom-poms. This project is trendy and cute! What a lovely way to spend a morning, and you get to take your jolly flock home with you.


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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £5.75 per child, £5.25 members

Talks about objects in the museum

Museum Highlights

  • 6 — 24 August 2019

Guided Tour
Tues, Thurs & Sat
Throughout August, 11am

Discover the Corinium collection on our guided tours, which highlight archaeological objects and explore different themes. No need to book. Tours should last no more than 30 minutes. A perfect way to complement a visit to the Corinium Museum.

Included in Admission

Admission

Included in Admission

museum Activity Zone

Tales of the Forest

  • 7 August 2019 10:30-11:30am

Storytelling and Craft Workshop with Valija Evalds
Wed 07 August, 10.30-11.30am

Stories of swift hares, swooping owls and clever foxes. Brave children can volunteer for theatrical participation. Make an animal mask, help tell a story with it, then take it home.

Cost: £5.75 per child, £5.25 members
Booking essential
Suitable for ages 5 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £5.75 per child, £5.25 members

First Man Flim

Corinium Cinema - First Man

  • 8 August 2019 7-9:30pm

Thurs 08 August, 7pm

The riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Cert: 12A
Run time: 2 hr. 22 min.

Admission

Cost: £6.70 per adult, £5.70 concession

Roman Wall Plaster

Colour in the Roman World

  • 8 August 2019 2-3pm

Afternoon Talk with Dr Valija Evalds
Thurs 08 August, 2-3pm

In the ancient world, pigments used in dyes and paints varied tremendously in cost. The colour of people’s walls and clothing could show a great deal about their status, and how they rated particular events or guests. Join us Dr Valija Evalds to explore the sources and meanings of colour in the Roman world.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Prehistoric Printing

Prehistoric Printing

  • 8 August 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with James Harris
Thurs 08 August, 10.30-12pm

Learn printing techniques to create your own prehistoric scenes. You will be amazed by the real prehistoric artefacts on show to inspire your work.


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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

Art Award Logo

Arts Award Discover in a Day

  • 12 August 2019 10:15am-1:30pm

Children’s Workshop with James Harris
Mon 12 August, 10.15am-1.30pm

Working through your very own log book, you will begin by exploring the museum to find out about ancient artists. You will attend a 1 hour workshop to do one of three activities available; create a Stone Age picture, make a medieval tile or design a mosaic using foam shapes. The end session will be sharing your work on our online gallery. Your Discover Arts Award certificate, accredited by Trinity College London will be sent onto you. Bring your own packed lunch. Bring a packed lunch.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 7-15

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Cost: £16.25 per child, £14.25 members (includes log book and certificate)

Mini Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 13 August 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with Rebecca Shellenberger
Tues 13 August, 10.30-12pm

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.


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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

Lets Draw Mammoth

Let’s Draw: A Mammoth Adventure!

  • 15 August 2019 10:30am-12pm

Children’s Workshop with James Harris
Thurs 15 August, 10.30-12pm

A baby mammoth is on the run being chased by a sabre tooth tiger! Help James to tell this story by creating your own beautiful works of art with James’s easy step-by-step guides. A story board will then be created with your art for display on the museum website.

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members
Booking essential
Suitable for ages 8 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

Corinium Mosaics

Interpreting Corinium’s Mosaics

  • 20 August 2019 2:30-3:30pm

Afternoon Talk with Emma Stuart
Tues 20 August, 2.30-3.30pm

Over 90 mosaics have been discovered in the rich Roman town of Corinium. Join Emma to explore the interpretation of Corinium Museum’s incredible mosaic collection. She will discuss the design and mythology represented on the Roman mosaics on display. The talk will end with a rare look at some of the paintings and sketches of mosaics from the Museum archive.

Booking recommended

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members

Storytelling

Mythical Beasts

  • 21 August 2019 10:30-11:30am

Storytelling and Craft Workshop with Volly Evalds
Wed 21 August, 10.30-11.30am

Dragons, Gryphons and Three-Headed Dogs: A storytelling session featuring magical beasts. Brave children can volunteer for theatrical participation. All are welcome to make a clothes-peg dragon, help tell a story with it, and take it home.


Booking essential
Suitable for ages 5 and above. Please enquire about younger children

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £5.75 per child, £5.25 members

Mini Mosaic

Mini Mosaics

  • 22 August 2019 From 10:30am

Children’s Workshop
Thurs 22 August, 10.30-12pm

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.

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £8.25 per child, £7.25 members

Votes for women

Votes for Women

  • 28 August 2019 10:30-11:30am

Town Walk with Sue Jones
Wed 28 August, 10.30-11.30am

Join Sue Jones and see where Mrs. Pankhurst was photographed on her visit to the town. Sue will lead people on a journey of women’s suffrage and explore the stories of the battles faced by local women who were fighting for the vote. Walk lasts no more than an hour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat! Meet at the museum.


Booking recommended
Limited to 15 people.

Admission

Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 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

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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