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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.Find out more Book now
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.Find out more Book now
A lecture and handling workshop using fabulous prehistoric tools and pottery. Learn to identify objects from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Find out what the greatest ever human invention was.Find out more Book now
The third in a series of 3 talks exploring Roman art and architecture. This illustrated lecture will explore the clothing of the Roman world: its textures, its colours and its symbols; from senators to slaves, to matrons and brides.Find out more Book now
The Orpheus Mosaic represents one of Britain’s finest examples from Roman Britain. Join Emma to hear about the design, unusual archaeology and the eventual rescue of this impressive mosaic. We will spend time in the gallery next to the mosaic giving opportunity for discussion and appraisal.Find out more Book now
Henry VIII’s glove, Jane Austen’s Table, Sir Edward Elgar’s glasses – biographically significant objects like these have been displayed for centuries. Today, there are hundreds of museums and historic houses across the country dedicated to celebrated figures and filled with their possessions. Dr Caroline Morris will share her research on biographical objects with a brief history of their display; describing the influences upon the development of the modern biographical museum from the medieval reliquary and the Renaissance wunderkammer to Romanticism and the Arts & Crafts movement.Find out more Book now
Many local people remember the exciting discovery of the Hare Mosaic from Beeches Road allotments. Join Emma to hear about the dig, the archaeology and finally the lifting for display in the Corinium Museum. Bring along your own memories to share if you were there at the time. We will spend time in the gallery next to the mosaic giving opportunity for discussion and appraisal.Find out more Book now
Join Dr Valija Evalds as she takes you on a journey through Roman beliefs, superstitions and rituals. In this walk through the galleries we will consider objects depicting deities, honouring spirits and propitiating the fates. Children 7 and above are welcome with an adult.Find out more Book now
Construction of the Roman city of Bath, Aquae Sulis, began 60-70 AD, with its famous thermal baths probably built some decades later. The majority of the city was constructed of Middle Jurassic limestone (informally referred to as Bath stone and Great Oolite) but the exact source(s) of the stone and stratigraphic horizon(s) have not been addressed before. In a project with the Roman Baths and archaeologists from the University of Bournemouth, outcrops of stone around Bath have been studied for their sedimentological features and geochemical signatures using pXRF, and comparisons made with the stone within the Roman baths complex. In some old quarries, Lewis bolt holes have been found cut in the stone, which are identical to those on Roman blocks within the baths complex, as well as circular holes 44 mm in diameter considered to be typical of Roman chisels. The quantity of stone required for Aquae Sulis would have been enormous, so that it is very likely many quarries provided the stone. This talk will discuss the likely sources and supply routes of stone to the Roman city.
Maurice Tucker is a Professor based at the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol University. His interests are ‘in rocks that fizz: limestones and dolomites.’ He is part of the Carbonates Research Group in Bristol, headed by Fiona Whitaker.Find out more Book now
The Kingscote Mosaic was discovered with archaeology that points to a very rich villa outside of Cirencester. Join Emma to hear about the dig, the archaeology and the symbolism on the mosaic. If you remember the dig or took part in it, bring along your own memories to share. We will spend time in the gallery next to the mosaic giving opportunity for discussion and appraisal.Find out more Book now
A unique opportunity to explore the museums reserve collection. Learn about the history and splendour of Cirencester’s Medieval Abbey through our vast collection of stone artefacts discover during the Abbey Excavations in the 1960s.Find out more Book now
Pliny the Elder wrote that there was a certain sanctity to a garden... In this talk Cherry explores the legacy of the Romans in our gardens, how they created peaceful spaces in the midst of their homes, how they used their plants for food, drink, decoration, medicine and dyes. We look at the primary sources, mosaics, frescos, pollen and seeds. What did they bring with them and what has survived 2000 years on?
Cherry Hubbard is an engaging professional interpreter of social and domestic history with much experience in public speaking with a wide ranging demographic. Topics ranging throughout history, but with a WW1, Tudor and Roman specialist knowledge.Find out more Book now
The museums holds a large photographic collection depicting Cirencester over the last one hundred years. Join us for a tour of Old Cirencester through the Museum’s photographic collection, followed by a walk through those same streets in the modern town. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute walk around the town centre. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.Find out more Book now
Join Dr Valija Evalds as she takes you beyond the Roman period, to explore our Anglo-Saxon and Medieval collections. In this short walk through the galleries, we will explore objects from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, remnants of a Viking winter camp, pieces of a medieval abbey, and remains from the age of chivalry. Children 7 and above are welcome with an adult.Find out more Book now
Join Emma as she takes you on a journey through the mosaics of Roman Corinium. Hear about the development of the mosaic collection and how mosaics were lifted and laid in their current place in the museum. The tour will last approximately an hour with places to sit en-route. We will end with a rare look at some of the paintings and sketches of mosaics from the Museum archive.Find out more Book now
Human remains and how they are buried can tell us a huge amount about a person’s life and culture. Join James to find out about the ancient peoples of the Cotswolds from the Neolithic to Medieval. This lecture will feature real human remains.Find out more Book now
Take a look at this vibrant programme of afternoon talks and evening lectures.