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Corinium Museum Shows Off Several Surprises

Artefacts from three different eras in British history have been added to the vast collection at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester this spring.

The Park Street venue has received 20 new objects in total, from a range of different periods in British history, including examples of Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval artefacts.

Among the highlights are the Bronze Age gold hoard found in Poulton in 2004, and two Iron Age brooches from North Cerney and Kingscote. A Bronze Age spear head found by a local metal detectorist has also been added to the Prehistory displays.

Meanwhile, objects on show from the Roman era include a set of blacksmith’s tongs unearthed in Bibury and a collection of Roman pewter vessels found in Northleach. A rare miniature votive shovel, originally intended as a religious offering has also gone on display for the first time, while items from the Medieval era include a lead pilgrim ampulla – a souvenir designed to hold holy water.

The new objects have come to the museum from a variety of different sources – some have been donated by local people, while others have been the result of professional excavations. Others have come as a result of the Treasure Act.

As well as these, the Museum now has a live-in lodger – in the form of a full size Roman cavalryman situated in the reconstructed barrack room. This model is seen wearing his casual clothing writing a letter on a wax tablet. The Friends of the Corinium Museum’s fundraising efforts have helped the Museum commission the work.

Dr Alison Brookes, Archaeological Officer at the Corinium Museum, said: “The Museum staff would like to thank the Friends of the Corinium Museum for their continued support with these new displays, and we would also like to say a big thank you to all the local people who have generously donated objects to the Museum in the last year.

“It is fantastic to have all these new objects on display and I hope lots of people will visit us to see the material and attend the events.

May is ‘Museum & Galleries Month’ and the Park Street venue is organising two activities in conjunction with the event. On Wednesday May 28th (10-11.30am), an archaeology seminar for children aged 9-12 entitled ‘The Art of Graffiti through the Ages’ takes place at the museum. The cost is £4 for non-museum members and £2 for season tickets holders.

On Thursday May 29th, (7-9pm), archaeologist Dr. Alison Brookes will be giving a talk called ‘The Art of the Prehistoric Metalsmith’. The talk will focus on some of the objects which have recently been added to the Prehistory gallery, including the Poulton Gold hoard and a curious Iron Age box fitting. The cost is £5 for non-members and £4.50 for season ticket holders.

Anyone wanting further information on the new displays or events should contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611, email

Posted : 14/05/2008 16:02:55

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