Roman circus centre and tea room closed 2nd October 2016-9th April 2017: visit web-site! »

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For opening hours, directions and other visitor information about the Roman circus centre and tea room, please go to our new web-site at www.romancircus.co.uk/ .   .…

Nov 21 2016 / Comments Off on Roman circus centre and tea room closed 2nd October 2016-9th April 2017: visit web-site! / Read More »

Remembrance in Colchester 2016 »

Yesterday (11th November) was, of course, Remembrance Day. A two-minutes’ silence was, officially, observed throughout Britain at 11.00 am yesterday – the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Remembrance Sunday is tomorrow, and there will be a ceremony at the war memorial near the Castle…

Nov 12 2016 / Comments Off on Remembrance in Colchester 2016 / Read More »

Colchester Monopoly launched today and includes the Roman circus! »

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The Colchester Monopoly was launched today (21st October) at an event at the Mercury Theatre. Trust office manager Jules represented the Trust at the event, because the Colchester Monopoly includes the Roman circus! The Mayor of Colchester Councillor Julie Young attended the launch event. The…

Oct 21 2016 / Comments Off on Colchester Monopoly launched today and includes the Roman circus! / Read More »

Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust: visit their new web-site! »

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The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) is a thriving members group which the Trust established in 1977. We have been hosting the FCAT web-pages on our web-site but, recently, they set up their own web-site. This is maintained by FCAT member Geoff Baister,…

Oct 8 2016 / Comments Off on Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust: visit their new web-site! / Read More »

Colchester Archaeological Group lectures at the Roman circus centre »

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The Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) are a very active and enthusiastic local group of volunteers who undertake excavations and research, and who often work in partnership with the Trust. On their web-site, the CAG say: ‘… We have been working since 1955 to bring together…

Sep 28 2016 / Comments Off on Colchester Archaeological Group lectures at the Roman circus centre / Read More »

Roman circus centre and tea room closing for the winter on 1st October »

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The Trust would like to inform all our circus centre visitors and tea room customers that the Roman circus centre and site, and the circus tea room, will be closing for the winter at 4.00 pm on Saturday 1st October 2016. They will re-open at…

Sep 26 2016 / Comments Off on Roman circus centre and tea room closing for the winter on 1st October / Read More »
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a timeline of Colchester’s Roman circus »

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Today (29th December), some of the Trust’s staff were back at work here at Roman Circus House after the Christmas break… As most people are…

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more mortar: some fascinating fragments of the Roman circus »

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Today (4th November), Trust volunteer Jane was cleaning some large fragments of Roman mortar here at Roman Circus House. The fragments are of a special…

Nov 4 2015 / Comments Off on more mortar: some fascinating fragments of the Roman circus / Read More »

a very interesting fragment of brick from the Roman circus! »

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Yesterday (6th October), the Trust’s pottery specialist Stephen Benfield identified a very interesting fragment of Roman brick in one of the crates of archaeological material…

Oct 7 2015 / Comments Off on a very interesting fragment of brick from the Roman circus! / Read More »
History

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

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Today (15th December) is the anniversary of the death of the remarkable Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, in 1673. She was born Margaret Lucas in about 1623, at…

Dec 15 2014 / Read More »

Daniel Defoe: the Colchester connection

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                    Tubswick in Mile End, to the north of Colchester town centre, was a Grade II listed house dating…

Dec 3 2012 / Read More »

HG Wells and the Colchester connection

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  The History of Mr Polly is an account of a disillusioned and bored shopkeeper in the clothing business whose little shop was located in the busy High…

Jan 10 2011 / Read More »
Features

‘In the days before banks’ (about a Roman Colchester coin hoard) from “the Colchester Archaeologist” magazine no 24 in 2011

This feature was published in issue no 24 of the Colchester Archaeologist, the Trust’s magazine, in 2011. ‘… Garrison: In the days before banks It’s not every day…

Nov 22 2013 / Read More »

‘Toto’s pizzeria serves up a feast of archaeology’ from “the Colchester Archaeologist” magazine no 23 in 2010

The little strip of land between Museum Street and Cowdray Crescent where the War Memorial stands is an archaeological treasure trove. Here, buried beneath the shops and offices, lies precious remains of important monuments of Colchester’s Roman and Norman past.   These include a massive Roman foundation, over four metres wide, which carried a once impressive facade and a large monumental arch leading to the massive Temple of Claudius. These remains are exceptionally well preserved because they lie under the earthen bank of Colchester castle. But there is much more. Don Shimmin, who has been following recent building works in this important part of the historic town, explains how some puzzling fragments of foundation in Museum Street are likely to be part of a medieval barbicon – a defensive structure which helped protect the castle’s main entrance. The area around Museum Street and Castle…

Mar 25 2013 / Read More »

online gallery of our 2012 archaeological display

For the Heritage Open Weekend in September 2012, we set up a display of archaeological finds and materials in our large downstairs room at Roman Circus House. We…

Mar 4 2013 / Read More »

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