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Ancient science tricks at Cirencester museum this month

Come along to the Corinium Museum this month and try your hand at a range of fun science tasks and tests.

Gloucestershire gets revealed!

On Thursday 6th March Gloucestershire County Council’s Archives Department and partners are launching ‘Gloucestershire Revealed’, the ultimate guide to museums, galleries and heritage in the county. To celebrate, a launch reception is taking place at Berkeley Castle.

A brief history of underwear at Museum talk

Discover underwear through the ages when local costume expert Shelagh Lovett Turner comes to the Corinium Museum for an afternoon talk.

‘The Allure of the Unseen’, an informal ‘talk with tea’, will take place at the Park Street Museum on February 21st, where visitors can discover more about the range and styles of underwear worn through time.

There will also be the chance to see some historic underwear from Shelagh’s own stunning costume collection, as she will illustrate her talk with some fascinating underwear examples.

Half-term history fun at Corinium Museum

Have a sneaky peek at anything from history and hairy beasts to shiny shoes this half term when the Corinium Museum hosts a range of fun events for children.

The Park Street museum will hold historical sessions from February 18th-22nd, which will shed light on the Stone Age, the Romans and the Tudors, while another hands-on event for youngsters is all about ‘Sparkly Shoes’.

The first activity to take place during the school break is part of the Museum’s ‘Archaeology Seminars’, and will look at the Romans in the Cotswolds.  It is aimed at 9-12 year olds and will allow children an up-close

Medieval monarch talks to take place in Stow

King Edward II, Source: WikipediaThe life and legend of controversial English monarch King Edward II will be the subject of a series of afternoon lectures in Stow in the Wold next month.

The life of literature legend at Museum talks

Discover a fascinating insight into 14th Century England and its colourful characters when the Corinium Museum hosts two lectures in January. 

Both lectures will focus on the life and times of Geoffrey Chaucer, a renowned author and poet in medieval Britain, in an era of British history which saw literature and architecture flourish.  ‘The Age of Chaucer’ lectures will be hosted by local historian Tim Porter. 

The first lecture, on January 24th, is called ‘Chaucer and His Favoured Friends’, while the event on January 31st is called ‘Regional Celebrities’.  Both lectures run from 2pm – 4p

Hear local expert talk about historic houses

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Historic shoes and footwear fairytales at the Corinium museum

A month-long exhibition which looks at historic shoes and footwear fairytales will open at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester on Sunday January 20th.

‘Cinderella Shoes’ will showcase 200-year-old silk shoes with gorgeous gold-coloured buckles; huge protective boots from Victorian times; funky and chunky Seventies platform shoes and tiny baby bootees from 1900.

The fabulous footwear comes from the Museum’s own collection and that of local collector Shelagh Lovett-Turner.

Alongside the exhibits are big, shoe-inspired collages made by children from Acorns Day Nursery, Bright Eyes Children’

A history of the Court Barn, Chipping Campden

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)
Court Barn Museum, Photo (c) Alan Crawford
Readers will be aware that Court Barn in Church Street has been renovated by the Guild of Handicraft Trust and has been transformed whilst still retaining its present external appearance. It is the site of an exhibition, meeting room and study centre celebrating the craftsmen who have lived in Campden and surrounding towns and villages since the beginning of the last century. There will be exhibits devoted to C R Ashbee and his Guild of Handicraft, to FL.Griggs, Alec Miller, Paul Woodroffe, the Harts and Robert Welch; and to others, like Gordon Russell and Katharine Adams from Broadway and the potters Michael Cardew and Ray Finch from Winchcombe.

This article, however, is about the barn itself. It stands on the edge of the grounds of Old Campden House and was built about 300 years ago. How ever did it come to intrude into the gardens of that magnificent house? After Sir Baptist Hicks's new manor house was burned to the ground in 1645, its grounds and gardens and yards were gradually turned over to agricultural use. There is a deed dated 1691 by which the Hon. Susanna Noel, the mother of the six year old 3rd Earl of Gainsborough, leased it to Mary Rutter, a widow.

Chipping Campden and Charringworth - Sale of Lordships of the Manor

Thursday 15th November 14.00 - Auction in London of these two Lordships of the Manor

Lordships of the Manor are among the oldest titles in England and pre-date the Norman Conquest, begun by William I at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The Manor was the pivot of the Feudal System and by the reign of Edward the Confessor(1042-66) the Lord of the Manor was the most important person in village affairs. The Domesday Book compiled in 1086 listed 13,418 Manors and their owners.

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