'Corinium Museum has embarked on an exciting £1.87 million project – “Stone Age to Corinium: Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds” and has been successful in securing support from The Heritage Lottery Fund.
The aims are to create a museum that is more relevant to today’s communities, maximising on the building spaces, enhancing the visitor journey through reinterpretation and improved access, and working with new partners to produce a vibrant programme of archaeology related events and activities, which will help to make the museum more resilient and sustainable.'
Amanda gave us a run through of the history of Corinium Museum, firstly saying that they had undergone a rebranding exercise in 2013 with funding from the Arts Council, including a website with an online shop. Here are some of the main points gleaned from the talk:
In 1849, two mosaics were discovered when putting in new sewage pipes, the Earl of Bathhurst, an avid collector of archaeology was keen to show them to people, and opened a museum in 1856, at the same time William Cripps also built a museum at Cripps Mead. There were 2 collections, both gifted to the town. A single museum opened in 1938, and a photograph showed the audience at their talks were exclusively men, and artefacts were seen leaning against walls. The museum closed again in 1939, but from 1960-75, there were large public excavations in Cirencester, in 1964, they found the remains of Cirencester Abbey which was medieval, mostly Roman. In 1970, the urban district council proposed buying the neighbouring buildings to the main museum, so there are two buildings forming the museum.
Amanda talked about considering their street presence, visitor welcome desk, community space, volunteers, audiences, under 5s giving us a fascinating insight into their plans.
Amanda talking to the audience, and below a general view of the audience taken after the talk
The slide below is a photo of rare objects that will go on display.
A couple of weeks before the talk, I visited the Corinium Museum and took a few photos.
Bloom judges said, if you want to gain good marks, Verbena b is the plant to use.
an ancient Roman heating system, comprising a hollow space under the floor of a building, into which hot air was directed. This is apparently a unique motif as a centrepiece in Britain. It has tiny pieces of green glass in the hare's back.