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A host of holiday fun at the Cotswold Corinium Museum

March 21, 2008

From storytelling to life in Roman Corinium workshops, there is something for all the family at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester over the Easter school holidays.

The Park Street museum will host several family drop-in sessions during the holiday break, including attempts to recreate crafts and characters from both the Victorian and Medieval eras, as well as workshops were children can explore household items and their uses through history.

A ‘Victorian Quilling’ pictures session will take place on Wednesday April 9th, where children and visitors can re-create the popular 19th Century craft activity and make their own pictures with rolled-up paper. This event runs from 1pm-3pm and the price is included in the Museum’s cost of admission, or £1 for the activity only.

Children will also be able to make their own Medieval figure with the ‘Make a Jousting Knight’ (1pm-3pm) event on April 16th, where pieces of card and paper are folded and fashioned into your very own Medieval knight complete with jousting tent. Booking for this event is essential and is included in the Museum’s normal admission price, or £1 for the activity only.

Places are available on the children’s workshops, with youngsters sure to take an interest in ‘Toilets through Time’ on April 10th, where they will hear about the range and quality of different types of toilet used through history. The children will also work together to make large model toilets. Or why not book for the workshop on April 17th on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. These sessions run from 10.30am-12pm, are suitable for children aged 7–11 and cost £4 per child (£2 per child for season ticket holders/Friends of Corinium Museum).

The family workshops, which run from 2.30pm-4pm, are Life in Roman Corinium on April 8th and ‘Cracking the Code’ on April 10th which both provide fun and learning for all the family. These workshops are included in the cost of admission but pre-booking is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Or why not come to the Corinium Museum on April 17th at 2pm to listen to the Storysmith with his ‘Tales from the Court of King Arthur’. Find out about Sir Gawain, the bearded lady and the Green Knight. Tickets are on sale now and cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.

The museum will also hold Archaeology seminars for 9-12 year olds. These are a great introduction for children about how archaeologists build a picture of the past using site reports and objects from the collection. This is a new activity developed by museum staff to encourage children to discover new things about their past. Contact the museum for further details.

There are also places left on the evening lecture series – Paul Nichols of Gloucestershire Archaeology will be talking about the Iron Age Discoveries at Bourton on the Water on Thursday 27th March (7pm).

For more information and to book a place on any of the above event, please contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611, email museums@cotswold.go.uk or visit our website at www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum

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