for Roman circus centre and café, please go to new web-site! »

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

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June 2016: Roman circus centre open as usual – café open on Saturdays but CLOSED on weekdays »

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With our apologies, the Roman circus centre café is closed on weekdays in June 2016 while we construct a visitor car-parking area at the circus centre. *** The café will be open on Saturdays, 11.00am-4.00pm. The café will re-open on weekdays on the 11th July! *** In…

Jun 6 2016 / Comments Off on June 2016: Roman circus centre open as usual – café open on Saturdays but CLOSED on weekdays / Read More »

Roman circus centre café closing on weekdays from Saturday 4th June: to re-open after some essential works! »

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The Trust would like to inform all our Roman circus centre visitors and café customers that, with our apologies, the café will be closing on weekdays on Saturday 4th June at 4.30pm and will remain closed on weekdays until the 11th July. We are closing the café…

May 28 2016 / Comments Off on Roman circus centre café closing on weekdays from Saturday 4th June: to re-open after some essential works! / Read More »

come and play Aquila at the Roman circus centre tomorrow: 21st May »

Come and play Aquila at the Roman circus centre with Alex, who has created this board-game based on the Roman board-game ludus latrunculorum. Alex’s previous Aquila sessions at the Roman circus centre have all been very popular – and, apparently, he has been beaten at…

May 20 2016 / Comments Off on come and play Aquila at the Roman circus centre tomorrow: 21st May / Read More »

now you can hire cycles at Colchester Roman circus centre! »

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On Saturday (23rd April), the Trust hosted a mini fun day here at the Roman circus centre to launch the Outdoor Hire cycle centre here. You can now hire cycles at Colchester Roman circus centre! At the fun day, visitors were able to enjoy various…

Apr 28 2016 / Comments Off on now you can hire cycles at Colchester Roman circus centre! / Read More »

*** May Bank Holiday Monday: Roman circus centre will be CLOSED »

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*** The Roman circus centre, site and cafe will be open on Saturday 30th April and closed on Sunday 1st May as normal, and also CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday, the 2nd May 2016. We will be open as normal from Tuesday 3rd May. We look forward…

Apr 25 2016 / Comments Off on *** May Bank Holiday Monday: Roman circus centre will be CLOSED / Read More »

The great Mini Fun day on Saturday 23rd April – from ten till two! »

Why not call in at the Roman Circus Centre on Saturday 23rd April and join in the fun? Our mini Fun Day starts at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm – and it’s free. Cyclists and kids on bikes are especially welcome! * Try your hand…

Apr 19 2016 / Comments Off on The great Mini Fun day on Saturday 23rd April – from ten till two! / Read More »

Colchester Borough Council grant for the Roman circus centre! »

This week, the Trust was delighted to receive the news that we have been awarded a grant by Colchester Borough Council to pay for new signage around the site of the Roman circus and improved car-parking for visitors to the circus centre. The news was…

Mar 31 2016 / Comments Off on Colchester Borough Council grant for the Roman circus centre! / Read More »
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Colchester Young Archaeologists' Club: archaeological fun day!

Colchester Young Archaeologists' Club: archaeological fun day at the Roman circus centre

From 11.00am until 4.00pm

At the Roman circus centre

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Circus

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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