Archaeology sessions crammed in at the Corinium Museum in July

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See how crafts from the past were produced, with a series of talks, workshops and activities at the Corinium Museum in July.

As part of the Festival of British Archaeology, the Cirencester museum is hosting events from July 20th – 29th to embrace and explore traditional skills from times gone by. The series of talks will look at flint-knapping, prehistoric metal working and Roman ceramic-making, to the Anglo-Saxon weavers and the craftsmen of the Middle Ages.

Starting on Monday July 20th is a flint-knapping demonstration followed by a workshop with Karl Lee, where you can explore ancient tool-making traditions. The demonstration is held from 10am-12pm and the hands-on workshop from 1pm-4pm. The demonstration cost is included in the museum’s admission and the workshop costs £20 per person.

Following this on Tuesday July 21st is the Ancient Egyptian Crafts Afternoon Talk (2pm-4pm), with the Corinium Museum’s Outreach Officer Emma Stuart. This talk costs £5 per person or £4.50 for annual season ticket holders/Friends of the Corinium Museum. Booking is required.

The next date for your diary is the Anglo-Saxon Weaving session, from 10.30am-12pm on Wednesday July 22nd. This children’s craft workshop, aimed at 7-12 year olds, costs £4 per child or £2 for annual season ticket holders/Friends of the Corinium Museum. Again, booking is required.

Another talk with one of the Corinium Museum’s staff sees Dr Alison Brookes discuss Prehistoric Crafts in the Cotswolds during an afternoon talk from 2-4pm on Thursday July 23rd. This talks costs £5 per person or £4.50 for annual season ticket holders/Friends of the Corinium Museum. Booking is required.

An art workshop on Friday July 24th – from 10.30am-12noon – involves the interesting topic Putrid Paint. This children’s workshop is aimed at 7-12 year olds costs £4 per child, or £2 for annual season ticket holders/Friends of the Corinium Museum.

On Tuesday July 28th, from 10am-12pm, children can enjoy a Roman Gladiator Ceramics Workshop with Angie Sayer. This session is suitable for children aged 7-12 and costs £7 per child, with booking essential. The child’s creation will need to be collected on another day.

Again on Tuesday July 28th (1pm-4.30pm) will be the Roman Hunting Cup Ceramics Workshop, again with Angie Sayer. This event – which is aimed at adults – will cost £15.00 per person, and booking is essential. Again, the creation will need to be fired and collected on another day.

The final event of the series is on Wednesday July 29th and runs from 2-4pm. Medieval Craftsmen is an afternoon talk by Tim Porter, and costs £5 per person, or £4.50 for annual season ticket holders or Friends of the Corinium Museum. Booking is required

The festival is a celebration of both British archaeology and the presentation of archaeology from around the world in Britain and is coordinated nationally by the Council for British Archaeology.

The Festival of British Archaeology is the new name for National Archaeology Week.

Call the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611 or visit or for further details.

Source: Cotswold District Council

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