Colchester Roman circus site and centre re-opening on 28th March 2015 »

We will be re-opening our Roman circus centre and the circus site to visitors on the 28th March 2015. We will re-open the circus centre with an opening event on Saturday 28th March, when visitors will be able to explore the site of the circus…

Mar 3 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

happy 50th anniversary to the Trust! »

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The Colchester Archaeological Trust is officially 50 years old today (19th February 2015). The Trust is a great little institution and it is fab. at 50 – and we say happy 50th anniversary to the Trust! One of the important documents in our possession is…

Feb 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Boudicca and the Fenwick Treasure': special presentation on 18th April 2015 »

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The Trust is presenting a special public presentation titled ‘Boudicca and the Fenwick Treasure’ on Saturday 18th April 2015 at firstsite in Colchester. This will consist of four illustrated talks. The ‘Fenwick treasure’ is the remarkable hoard of Roman jewellery and coins which we discovered…

Feb 16 2015 / Comments Off / Read More »

the Trust and the ‘Fenwick treasure’ on TV: “Digging for Britain” »

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Yesterday (3rd February), the Trust was included in the first episode of four of the third series of ‘Digging for Britain’ on BBC4. This episode was titled ‘East’ and, for this, Professor Alice Roberts and archaeologist Matt Williams were based at Norwich Castle Museum and…

Feb 4 2015 / Comments Off / Read More »

Colchester Roman circus and circus centre on television! »

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Today (12th January), the Colchester Roman circus and the Trust’s circus centre were on television – on Inside out – east on BBc 1 at 7.30pm. The programme was 29 minutes long and the part about the Roman circus was about 10 minutes long. The…

Jan 12 2015 / Comments Off / Read More »

CAG launch booklet at solstice – ‘The Stour Valley: a prehistoric landscape’ »

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Yesterday (21st December), was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The Roman festival of Saturnalia was held on the 17th-23rd December and the festival of Sol Invictus, the sun god, was held on the 25th. The solstice was also a special event…

Dec 22 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

our memories of Ida McMaster MBE »

Ida McMaster 1918-2014 Sadly, on Tuesday (25th November), Trust director Philip attended the memorial service for Ida McMaster MBE, of Mount Bures. Mrs McMaster died on the 14th November. She was a committed amateur archaeologist, author and long-term, active member of the Colchester Archaeological Group (from 1969) and…

Nov 29 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

great news for the Roman circus centre! »

The Trust is delighted to announce that, on Friday (21st November), we received a very generous grant from the Essex Heritage Trust. We have already been given a generous grant by the Hervey Benham Trust and, on Friday, with the news of the grant from…

Nov 24 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »
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Forthcoming highlights
28Mar2015

Roman circus centre opening day!

On Saturday 28th March, the Trust will host an opening day at the circus centre.

From 10.00am until 4.00pm

At Roman Circus House

Find out more...

18Apr2015

'Boudicca and the Fenwick Treasure': special presentation

'Boudicca and the Fenwick Treasure': special presentation by the Trust

From 10.30 am until 12.30 pm

At the lecture theatre, firstsite, Colchester, Essex

Find out more...

Circus

update on our Roman circus walkway »

This is what our Roman circus walkway is looking like today (2nd March). Work started on the walkway on the 19th January and it is…

Mar 2 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Colchester Roman circus and circus centre on television! »

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Today (12th January), the Colchester Roman circus and the Trust’s circus centre were on television – on Inside out – east on BBc 1 at…

Jan 12 2015 / Comments Off / Read More »

Colchester Roman circus highlighted in English Heritage blog »

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Yesterday (6th January), an illustrated item was posted on the ‘Heritage Calling’ blog, which is an English Heritage archaeology blog, titled ‘6 sites that help…

Jan 7 2015 / Comments Off / Read More »
History

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 »

Survivor of the 1884 earthquake

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The most destructive earthquake known in Britain happened at 9.18 am, on April 22nd 1884. In Colchester, it was just an ordinary bright sunlit morning. Then, in a…

Jan 5 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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