Corinium Museum Banishes The January Blues

Cirencester’s Corinium Museum has unveiled an exciting new lecture and exhibition programme to entice visitors in from the cold this January. The programme kicks off with two lectures from the eminent local historian Tim Porter, focusing on monuments and monasteries.

The first lecture, organised by the Museum’s outreach service, is at the Moreton Area Centre on Thursday January 14th when Tim delivers an afternoon session called ‘Alabaster Monuments – A Lifelike Gallery of Medieval Characters’. This will examine characters and depictions from the era and is being held from 2pm-4pm.

This is followed by another Tim Porter talk, called ‘Monasteries of Gloucestershire’, at the Corinium Museum on Thursday January 21st. This afternoon lecture – from 2pm-4pm – will discuss the 900-year history of the many religious buildings across the county and will examine the monks that occupied them.

Aside from these talks, a new Corinium Museum exhibition opens later this month when Imogen Harvey-Lewis, who has lived in Gloucestershire since 1996, showcases her collection of illustrations.

Drawing on her design skills, Imogen’s pen and ink work is both modern and innovative, focusing on sharp lines and sketches. Her exhibition runs from January 23rd – February 22nd and entry is free.

Further fascinating talks take place at the Museum on Tuesday January 26th when Dr Alison Brookes discusses the treasure of the month and recent Iron Age acquisitions. This talk starts at 12.30pm.

The Museum’s evening lecture programme continues on Thursday January 28th when Northamptonshire Archaeology expert Ian Meadows delivers ‘Imbibo Britannia – A Drinker’s Guide to Roman Britain’ from 7-8.30pm. Ian will focus on the search for evidence of domestic production of alcoholic beverages in Britain, including details of the first proven vineyard in Northamptonshire.

Finally, it is worth mentioning the Prehistoric Art Experimental workshop for 16-25 year olds, from 10am to 3 pm on Saturday January 23rd. This is being led by artist Di Pattinson. Di will unravel the techniques and materials used in the creation of prehistoric art and work towards producing a piece of art work for a forthcoming art exhibition in the Museum. Places are free but they are limited so booking is essential.

For information about prices, further details on any of the events above and to book places for an event, please call the Museum on 01285 655611 or visit the website

Posted: 09/01/2010 10:05:46



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