Have an awesome August at the Corinium Museum
By Sophie Ladd
The Corinium Museum in Cirencester has a whole host of different events going on in August that will entertain people of all ages.
Ted's Time Travelling Toilet Trail- every day all month
Ted's Time-Travelling Toilet trail brings fun for families this summer. The Corinium Museum has partnered with Award Publications to create a trail around the museum galleries based on the children's book Ted's Time-Travelling Toilet: Roman Rewind by author Steven Vinacour. This is the first in a series of adventures which see Ted flushing himself back to ancient times to find out all he can for his half term project from the Romans themselves! Includes a sticker prize at the end.
Insect Metamorphosis: Saturday August 7th 10.30-4pm
"An Artistic and Scientific Appreciation of Metamorphosis - the Beautiful and Mysterious Lifecycle of Butterflies and Moths" is a watercolour painting workshop suitable for all levels with artist Cath Hodsman.
Metamorphosis is a truly unique and magical natural phenomenon. So little is known about how it happens and yet, the result of each stage is a wonder to behold... This watercolour painting workshop will use art to pay homage to this incredible natural transformation.
Cath and course participants will study how this mysterious process manifests itself, in butterflies and moths. Each fascinating stage of metamorphosis will be studied in all its beauty and wonder. Each student will have access to their own high-powered microscopes, as well as her large selection of ethically sourced insect specimens and macro photos, to study the hidden beauty of this incredible process.
Participants will then use microscopes, specimens and macro photographs to produce a detailed and unique watercolour painting that pays homage to this amazing process. You don't have to be an expert in either watercolour painting or entomology; you just need to be fascinated by both.
Medieval Cirencester town tour- Wednesday August 11th or August 18th 11am
Monks, merchants and mud! Cotswold sheep were some of the best in Europe, and their fleeces were sent all over Europe in the middle ages. The proceeds made fortunes, built a lavish parish church, underwrote a hospital, and supported markets, inns and shops. Join Dr Valija Evalds to experience medieval Cirencester: from sacred splendours to squalid streets on this walking tour. Walk lasts about an hour. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring a raincoat. Meeting is at the museum.
Roman remains of Cirencester tour- Monday August or Thursday August 26th 11am
The remains of the ancient Roman town of Corinium lie underneath our feet as we walk around Cirencester. Explore the archaeology and key discoveries that point to this being one of the most vibrant and wealthy towns in Roman Britain. The walk lasts about an hour. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring a raincoat. Meeting is at the museum.
Artefacts in Print adult art workshop- Wednesday August 25th 10.30-4pm
Join Brian Britton, experienced artist and teacher, and connect with archaeology through observation and printmaking. After exploring the museum collections, you will make a few preliminary drawings before developing a series of final prints using the trace monotype method. You will have lots of opportunities to review your work and make refinements under expert tuition as you go along. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a series of beautiful prints perfect for framing or sketchbooks.
You will need to wear old clothes and an apron. Face coverings such as masks or visors may be necessary. All materials provided but please not that some of these will be oil-based inks.
This is only a snapshot of some of the events being held. For more information on these events and others, and to book places at them, visit https://coriniummuseum.org/whats-on/.
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