Evening Lectures

To book tickets to an evening lecture please call 01285 655611 or visit the Corinium Museum.

Kelmscott Manor

William Morris in the Cotswolds

 Juliet Heslewood

Thursday 26 October, 7-8.30pm

William Morris is known for his association with the Pre-Raphaelite painters. His work in the Cotswolds, through ‘Morris & Co’ can be seen in many church windows. Less known are the significant periods of time he spent here, not only at his home, Kelmscott, but while staying with friends in Broadway.  Here his ideas for the protection of British buildings took root.

Juliet Heslewood MA, is an author and art historian. Juliet studied History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended


The Great British Dream Factory

Evening Lecture with Dominic Sandbrook

Thursday 23 November, 7-8.30pm

Join author and TV presenter Dominic Sandbrook for an evening lecture in the Corinium Museum. Dominic Sandbrook is the author of many books, most recently The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination, published by Penguin Books. He is the presenter of a number of highly successful BBC television series, on subjects as diverse as the joys of the Volkswagen and the history of science fiction.  He writes reviews and articles principally for the Sunday Times and Daily Mail. Dominic will be happy to sign books after his talk.

In partnership with Waterstones and Penguin Books

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended



Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire

Carolyn Heighway

Thursday 30 November, 7-8.30pm

Carolyn Heighway will discuss Gloucestershire from the end of Roman rule to the coming of the Normans. It is a long period, over 600 years, and only thinly documented through at least the first half of that time. Drawing on archaeological evidence alongside the written word, Carolyn will build up a picture of Anglo-Saxon life in the county.

Carolyn Heighway is an archaeological consultant with special expertise in the archaeology of Gloucester and the Anglo-Saxon period. She is a director, with her husband Richard Bryant, of Past Historic.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended


Recent Discoveries at Llanthony Secunda Priory

Martin Watts (Cotswold Archaeology)

Thursday 25 January, 7-8.30pm

Cotswold Archaeology has a long history of involvement with the medieval Priory of Llanthony Secunda in Gloucester, most recently as part of the HLF-funded sustainable redevelopment project on behalf of the Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust. The work has revealed insights into the use, construction and development of these buildings, prior to their conversion into a 21st-century interpretation centre. Join Martin Watts to hear about the archaeological excavations and new discoveries that have been made.

Martin has been a professional archaeologist for 30 years. He joined Cotswold Archaeology in 2000 and became Head of Publications in 2003. Martin has expertise in medieval and post-medieval urban archaeology.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended


The Saxon Era

Anthony Poulton-Smith

Thursday 22 February, 7-8.30pm

A revealing look at the so-called Dark Ages, revealing why they were anything but ‘dark’ and gave us a language, a system of government, many of the imperial measurements, and much, much more.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended


Withington; A Surviving Roman Estate

Roger Box

Thursday 22 March, 7-8.30pm

Romano-British villas were extensive rural complexes of domestic, agricultural and occasionally industrial buildings that were constructed throughout the Roman period, from the first to the fourth centuries AD. The remains of Withington Roman villa were first discovered in 1811 and Samuel Lysons was invited to carry out investigations; the remains of walls, pavements and third- to fourth-century AD mosaics were uncovered; enough to identity that the plan of the building was a tripartite corridor villa and bath-house.

Join Roger Box to uncover the magnificent villa and surrounding areas that neighboured Chedworth but are no longer visible.

Cost: £6.75 per adult, £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended


Ashes of London book cover

‘The Fire Court’ and the Great Fire of London

Andrew Taylor

Thursday 26 April, 7-8.30pm

Andrew Taylor releases ‘The Fire Court’, an historical thriller and continuation of ‘The Ashes of London,’ through Harper Collins on 5th April 2018. Andrew will visit the Corinium Museum to talk about his books and the background behind them. Set during and just after the Great Fire of 1666, the books are set in Restoration England. ‘The Ashes of London’ was made Waterstone’s thriller of the month in 2017 and was the number one bestseller for eight weeks in The Times/Waterstones chart.

Andrew Taylor is an award winning author of a number of crime novels, including the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy.

In partnership with Waterstones and Harper Collins

Cost: £6.75 per adult £5.75 for season ticket holders

Booking recommended