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Explore a selection of shoes at Cotswold Museum session

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Step into line at the Corinium Museum next month when local nursery children join forces with staff to create a temporary shoe show.

The museum will team up with local nurseries Stepping Stones, Bright Eyes Nursery, Cirencester Opportunity Group and Acorns Nursery School, to offer each group individual historic shoe ‘handling sessions’.

The 35-minute sessions, led by one of the Museum’s Education Officers, will allow the toddlers to understand why we wear shoes, explore different types of shoes and take part in a range of activities, including drawing shoes and playing ‘shoe pairs’.

The classes will also read a fairytale such as Cinderella or The Elves and the Shoe Maker and discuss the key role played by shoes in them. Each group will also create a large artwork as part of the exhibition called “Cinderella Shoes”.

The handling sessions will be taking place from mid November to early December.

Rural cinema to tell famous writer’s romance

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Follow the life of famous female author Jane Austen when the Corinium Museum welcomes the rural cinema project back to Cirencester later this month.

The Park Street museum will show ‘Becoming Jane’ on Sunday November 25th, a film from 2006 which tells how 18th and 19th Century author Jane Austen was swept of her feet by a dashing romance in her early years as a writer.

This romance with an Irish rogue – which never lasted for the young author – inspired Austen to write many of her later literary masterpieces, including Emma (1816), Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Sense and Sensibility (1811).

Becoming Jane, which was released in 2006 as a PG, stars Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy and Maggie Smith. It is being shown in the musuem’s Lecture Theatre as part of Cotswold District Council’s rural cinema scheme, which has shown films at many locations around the district over the past two years.

Tickets for the showing – which starts at 2.15pm – cost £4 for adults and £2.80 for concessions. They are available in advance, in person at the museum, by telephone on 01285 655611 or by email: museums@cotswold.gov.uk

Festive family fun with ‘Goward the Coward’

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Chalemina performing ‘Sir Goward the Coward’Come in from the cold and be warmed by dragons, knights and fair damsels when theatre company Chalemina perform ‘Sir Goward the Coward and the Feasty Beasty’ at the Corinium Museum next month.

The travelling company will show their tale twice on Saturday December 1st, showing a wide range of splendid costumes, as well as dancing, singing and music played on ancient instruments.

This rumbustious tale of old England is especially aimed at 3-10 year olds and their families and makes a great start to the festive season.

There are two performances at the Museum on December 1st; either 11.30am-12.30pm or 2pm-3pm. Booking is essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. To book please contact the museum on 01285 655611 or email: museums@cotswold.gov.uk

Chalemina was founded by Sara Stowe and Barbara Segal, and specialises in small scale productions for younger audiences. Chalemina have introduced ‘Sir Goward the Coward’ to rapturous audiences country wide. For more information, contact Helen Arbon at the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611.

Gold hoard comes home to the Cotswolds

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Corinium Museum curator John Paddock and the collection of Bronze Age goldA hoard of valuable Bronze Age gold is in the Cotswolds for good after a 3,000 year old collection went on show at the Corinium Museum in September.

The stash had been staying at the British Museum, but will now have a permanent home in Cirencester after the Cotswold District Council-owned museum raised the necessary £20,000 to hang onto the hoard.

The Going for Gold appeal, which was launched in October 2006, was funded by generous public donations of £3,000, and appeal organisers hit the £20,000 total they needed with grant help from the MLA/V&A Purchase Fund, the Headley Trust and the National Art Fund.

The gold was assessed and recorded as treasure at the British Museum, and has spent time in Lincoln for vital conservation work.

The gold – the only collection in the area which is actually from the Cotswolds – was first found by a metal detector enthusiast in Poulton in 2004. The complete hoard was finally unearthed by December 2005.

The find – a total of 67 gold and bronze artifacts – includes a selection of Bronze Age rings, bracelets, an axehead and gold fragments. It is believed to date from between 1300-1100 BC. Dr Alison Brookes, the Corinium Museum’s Collections Management Officer, said: “It is a very positive addition to our collection.”

The hoard is now on permanent display in the Prehistory Gallery of the Museum. In October, Curator Dr John Paddock and Dr Alison Brookes presented a public lecture to give visitors the opportunity to see the material and learn more about the Bronze Age Cotswolds.

The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and from 2pm-5pm on Sundays

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

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Make Bronze Age jewellery at Museum session

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Silver Wrist Workshop (c) Corinium Museum 2007Master the art of Bronze Age metal working at an adult day session being held in Cirencester later this month.

Keen metal workers are invited to the Corinium Museum in Park Street on Saturday November 17th, where they can make a beautiful wrist torque from pure silver, using the same technology used in Bronze Age England.

Metal smiths in the Bronze Age (1000BC) developed a surprisingly high level of skill in bronze and gold working, using twisting and forging methods to make wrist and neck torques. At this workshop, participants will use these same methods to make their own wrought silver wrist torque, complete with twisted body and tapered ends.

Working with pure silver rod and artist Neil Burridge, they will explore forging with stone tools, experiment with different twisting techniques and experience common problems found with work-hardening or heat-treating certain metals.

Pure silver is rarely seen today, being much softer to work. As it does not tarnish and always returns to the soft, white colour of the moon, one can understand why some ancient peoples valued it as highly as gold.

The day school will run from 10am-4pm and tickets cost £45 per person, including materials and tea or coffee. Lunch is not included, and booking is essential.

For more details, to book a place, or to find out about other events, please call Helen Arbon on 01285 655611 or email museums@cotswold.gov.uk

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Classic pottery comes to Corinium Museum

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Benjamin, David, Simon & Patricia EelesGo potty over pottery at the Corinium Museum this winter and come and feast your eyes on a wide range of family wares.

The Eeles Family Pottery exhibition will be on display at the Park Street museum from November 3rd until January next year, and will showcase a vast collection of pottery dishes, platters, vases, jars, cooking pots, cheese dishes and wine jars.

All the pottery is available to buy, and is decorated individually using a wide range of techniques. It is mainly the Stoneware type, which is primarily made from clay, as well as Porcelain and Raku types. Inspiration for the patterns are mainly drawn from nature, with grasses, leaves, flowers and shells usually illustrated onto the items.

Naked Raku Vase by S EelesThe Eeles family – who are David and Patricia, and their sons Benjamin and Simon – work from a 17th Century coaching inn in west Dorset. In the past fifty years, David and his family have shown their pottery at over two hundred exhibitions across Great Britain.

David and Patricia & their sons Benjamin and Simon work together in the village of Mosterton.

The family work in partnership to produce an extensive range of pottery, mainly Stoneware with some Porcelain and Raku. The Stoneware and Porcelain is fired in a three chambered oriental type dragon kiln. The Raku is fired in a small cross draft wood fired kiln, lifted out with tongs and then flamed on sawdust. This gives the rainbow colours on the pots. The Raku is fired to 1000 degrees, the Stoneware and Porcelain to 1280 degrees centigrade. For more information, click on the Eeles Family website link below or visit their gallery at Mosterton.

Breadcrock by Simon EelesAnyone wanting further information on the museum and any events going on should contact Jane Bovenizer or Helen Arbon on 01285 655611 or email museums@cotswold.gov.uk to find out more.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX

Eeles Family Pottery,
Mosterton,
Beaminster,
Dorset,
DT8 3HN
www.eelespottery.co.uk

Master mosaic making at Corinium Museum session

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The Hare Mosaic at the Corinium Museum, CirencesterDesign and make a beautiful mosaic at this exciting day school for adults, taking place at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, on Tuesday 30th October.

Using the stunning Roman mosaics at the Museum as their inspiration, participants will make their own unique mosaic with the help of tutor, local artist Debbie Stirling.

‘Arty-ology’ event at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum

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Come to the Corinium Museum, Cirencester this autumn and discover your creative side, thanks to ‘Arty-ology’, a drop-in drawing session for the whole family being held on Saturday October 13th.

The event, which runs from 11am-3pm, will give young and old alike the chance to draw unusual artefacts from the museum’s collection and experiment with a range of different art materials provided by museum staff. Artist and illustrator Darrell Warner – who has worked with Disney and illustrated classic novels such as Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein – will also be on hand to offer help, hints and advice to budding artists.

‘Arty-ology’ is part of The Big Draw 2007, the Campaign for Drawing’s annual flagship event, which aims to celebrate creativity, encourage art and artists and get everybody drawing. Thousands of people will take part in drawing-themed events at over 1300 venues across the country in October.

The event is being run as part of Family Learning Week, an annual awareness drive supported by the Campaign for Learning, which highlights the importance families can have in supporting learning. This year’s Family Learning Week will run from October 6th-14th.

Anyone interested in the event should drop into the museum between 11am and 3pm on October 13th to take part. The cost of the event is included with the museum admission price, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Hands-on history sessions over half-term at the Corinium Museum

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Rancid remedies and ancient legends are just two of the sessions available for families at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum this half term.

The first feast on families’ agendas takes place on October 24th when the Park Street museum hosts a ‘Myths and Masks’ session. Children and their families are all invited to the drop-in activity session from 1pm-3pm, where youngsters can make a Medusa mask with waving snakes or make a mask based on Jupiter, king of the gods, with moving thunder bolts and lightning flashes. Entry is included in admission price.

‘Medicine Through Time’, held on Thursday 25th October (2 – 4pm), is a fun quiz for family teams, which will look at bizarre medical practices and strange potions throughout the years, with hands-on activities and gruelling brain teasers for all ages! Cost is included in admission, and booking is essential.

Finally, taking place on Thursday 25th October from 10.30am – 12pm, ‘Medieval Tile Making’ takes inspiration from some of the medieval clay tiles on display in the Museum from Cirencester Abbey and is for children aged 7 – 12. Learn the skills of the men who made these beautiful objects and make your own to take home. Cost: £4 or £2 to annual season ticket holders.

For more information or to book, please ring the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611, or contact Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2BX.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Cotswold leisure centre due to re-open early next year

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Cotswold District Council said today that despite severe flood damage, the Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester should be open early next year.

The Council, supported by its insurers Royal & SunAlliance and their contractors, is making every effort to get back up and running following the unprecedented rainfall that hit Gloucestershire last month.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment in the plant room was damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water and must now be replaced in a complex work schedule expected to take a number of months. The building is fully insured.

The Council’s Portfolio holder for Property & Benefits, Cllr Nick Parsons, said: “We appreciate that customers want to know exactly when we will be re-opening. However, due to the scale and complexity of the damage, it is too early to name a date.”

The Council will be employing multiple contractors to deal with different aspects of the work, using a number of suppliers. It is anticipated that despite the complexity of the project, the leisure centre will re-open early next year. A more detailed timetable is currently being worked upon, and will be released when it is agreed.

A section of the car park will be fenced off to house a generator while contractors strip the plant room of all the damaged equipment over an expected period of four weeks. A major programme of replacement work will then begin.

While the Council and its insurers are doing everything they can to minimise the disruption, much of the equipment that needs replacing, including boilers, electrical systems, control panels and water filtration plant use high-tech components that will take several months to replace.

Cllr Parsons added: “This is a massive undertaking to rebuild the very heart of the centre and we must not under-estimate the volume of complex work involved in a confined space. We will be working with our contractors to get the building open again as soon as possible.

“We have written to our members, and will be rewarding them with three months’ free membership for their loyalty.

“In the meantime, alternative facilties are available at our centres at Chipping Campden, Tetbury, Fairford and Bourton and at the open air swimming pool in Cirencester. We will also be running a fitness programme at Kingshill School, thanks to the school’s co-operation.”

The vast majority of Cotswold Leisure Centre’s staff have been re-deployed by the Council during the closure. Their new roles include life guarding at the open air pool, helping to collect flood-damaged furniture and providing extra help to cover holidays across council teams, such as planning, printing, licensing, visitor information centres, housing and museums.

A number of staff have moved to the centres at Bourton and Fairford, or have been helping out with the Council’s summer sports coaching scheme.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

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