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Gold hoard comes home to the Cotswolds

Features by Adam No Comments »

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

Events, Features by Adam 2 Comments »

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

Events, Features by Adam 1 Comment »

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

Events, Features by Adam 2 Comments »

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.

The Road Rescue Industry – Cotswold Motoring Museum

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Recovery TruckNew Exhibition on the Road Rescue Industry runs until 1st December 2007

A new exhibition has just opened at the Cotswold Motoring museum at Bourton on the Water celebrating the work of the Road Rescue Industry. We all need them at some time or another yet the national breakdown service that we have come to rely on today is reletively recent.

The exhibition has been put together by the Cotswold Motoring museum and the Recovery Industry Support Charity(RISC).

Breaking down on a journey can be stressful, unpleasant and even dangerous. If you were unlucky enough to have a breakdown before the 1960s there was no automatic “get you home service”. Generally you had to pay up front before anyone would recover your vehicle.
Recovery of a car in the river
Many of the first garages emerged from the blacksmith’s trade who naturally took to recovering their customers broken-down vehicles, often towed to the garage by horses! As the 20th century got underway two motoring clubs became large enough to have nationwide membership. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) formed in 1897 and The Automobile Association (AA) formed in 1905.

Today’s recovery industry can be traced back to the late sixties. It was not garages that operated recovery vehicles but coachworks and bodyshops as they needed to find work. They monitored the police radio network, listening for accident reports, and then raced to be first at the scene.

The AA were the first to respond with their Relay Service in 1974 then in 1975 the RAC introduced their service, aptly named Recovery.
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Having the correct equipment is essential to carrying out a successful recovery operation and initially a number of army surplus vehicles found their way on to garage forecourts but a number of operators built or converted the equipment themselves.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a pair of Model T Fords which were converted in the 1930s, one as a service vehicle and the other as a recovery vehicle.

The award winning Cotswold Motoring Museum is owned by the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) and is open everyday from 10.00 am to 18.00pm

Cotswold Motoring Museum
Bourton on the Water
Gloucestershire
GL54 2BY
Telephone 01451 821255
www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk

www.riscuk.net
www.csma.uk.com

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