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/ .   .…

Jul 25 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

next FREE event at the Roman circus: ARCHAEOLOGY ROADSHOW! – Sat. 30th July »

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On Saturday 30th July, the next big FREE event at the Roman circus centre is our ARCHAEOLOGY ROADSHOW! – bring your finds, mystery objects and antiques to our panel of experts. 11.00am until 4.00pm, in the marquee at the Roman circus centre, Roman Circus Walk,…

Jul 25 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Roman circus centre and tea room now OPEN for summer season »

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Today (11th July), we re-opened the Roman circus centre fully to visitors and re-opened our cafe as a tea room, with all the advantages of our new visitor car-park! While the circus centre and cafe have been closed, during the construction of the car-park, we have…

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summer season of free events at the Roman circus centre! »

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The ancient Roman festival of the Ludi Apollinares began on the 6th July and continued until the 13th July. The Ludi Apollinares were public games and entertainments dedicated to the important Greek and Roman god Apollo, the god of many elements including the sun and…

Jul 9 2016 / Comments Off on summer season of free events at the Roman circus centre! / Read More »

it’s all happening at the Roman circus centre! »

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On Monday (4th July), the Trust took delivery of our new revised leaflet for the Roman circus centre. The leaflet is available here at the circus centre, at the Colchester Visitor Information Centre and at other outlets in Colchester, and it has also now been…

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Saturday 16th July: Roman fun day at the Roman circus centre! »

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On Saturday 16th July, the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) will be presenting a Roman fun day here at the Roman circus centre, on the first day of the UK Festival of Archaeology 2016. Come and enjoy all the fun day activities, which will be…

Jul 4 2016 / Comments Off on Saturday 16th July: Roman fun day at the Roman circus centre! / Read More »
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Forthcoming highlights
30Jul2016

'Walking the Martello Towers of Suffolk'

illustrated talk by Trust archaeologist Howard Brooks

From 11.30am until 12.15pm

At Roman circus centre

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30Jul2016

Archaeology roadshow!

bring your finds and antiques to our panel of experts

From 11.00am until 4.00pm

At the Roman circus centre

Find out more...

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…

Dec 29 2015 / Comments Off on a timeline of Colchester’s Roman circus / Read More »

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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