for Roman circus centre and tea room, please go to new 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/ .   .…

Sep 28 2016 / No Comment / 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 / No Comment / 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 / No Comment / Read More »

Saturday 24th September – all-round archaeological entertainment at the Roman circus centre! »

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On Saturday 24th September, the Trust will be holding our final ‘summer Saturday’ of activities here at the Roman circus centre… and finishing on a high note with a day of all-round archaeological entertainment! We will be talking treasure, presenting a family music workshop, and…

Sep 20 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Saturday 17th September: more archaeology fun and games at the Roman circus centre! »

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On Saturday 17th September, come along to the Roman circus centre for more archaeology fun and games! – from 11.00am to 3.00pm: you can try an Aquila game session with Alex, our pottery-handling session with Steve, a guided tour with Sam and John, and a…

Sep 14 2016 / Comments Off on Saturday 17th September: more archaeology fun and games at the Roman circus centre! / Read More »

our Heritage Open Day at the Roman circus centre – ‘NAAFI up!’ »

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On Saturday (10th September), the Trust held our Heritage Open Day here at the Roman circus centre – over 300 visitors came to our former NAAFI despite the weather forecast and the raindrops! We invited visitors to come and try our NAAFI experience in our…

Sep 12 2016 / Comments Off on our Heritage Open Day at the Roman circus centre – ‘NAAFI up!’ / 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…

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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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