the Roman circus visitor centre is now OPEN for the summer »

                            ‘The greatest Roman archaeological discovery in Britain deserves to be a national tourist destination’ – from the Essex County Standard web-site, at www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14936960._The_greatest_Roman_archaeological_discovery_in_Britain (30th November 2016)   . The Colchester Roman…

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Roman circus site and visitor centre OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday! »

The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room are OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday! We are usually closed on Mondays but we will be OPEN on the late August Bank Holiday Monday – the 28th August ’17 – from 11.00 am to 4.00…

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Heritage Open Day 2017 at the Roman circus visitor centre – come to our ‘finds fest’! »

‘… Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your…

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four Monday afternoon talks: September here at the Roman circus visitor centre! »

  The Trust is presenting a short programme of four illustrated public talks by Trust archaeologists here at the Roman circus visitor centre. The talks will take place on four Monday afternoons in September 2017: they will be held in the tea room of the…

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new book by Caroline Lawrence includes Colchester Roman circus! »

‘Death in the arena’ is the new book of fiction by Caroline Lawrence. It was published in July ’17 by Orion Children’s Books and the Trust has been following it with interest. Caroline is a well-known children’s author who lives in London. Her new series…

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Colchester Roman circus visitor centre is a Children’s University Learning Destination »

        The Colchester Archaeological Trust is delighted to say that the Colchester Roman circus site and visitor centre have been included in the Colchester Cultural Trail 2017 as a Learning Destination. The Cultural Trail is part of the Essex Children’s University or CU…

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04Sep2017

four Monday afternoon talks by Trust archaeologists, 4th-25th September

a programme of illustrated talks about archaeology

At Colchester Roman circus visitor centre

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09Sep2017

Heritage Open Day at the Roman circus visitor centre!

come to our 'finds fest' Heritage Open Day 2017

From 11.00 am until 4.00 pm

At Colchester Roman circus visitor centre

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Circus

the Trust investigates even more remains of the Roman circus »

                      The week before last (the week of the 26th-30th June), the Trust was able…

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remains of the Roman circus AND a remarkable find! »

Remains of the Roman circus Today (16th June), the Trust will complete an archaeological evaluation on the site of the Arena Club within the old…

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the Trust completes excavation at the Flagstaff House complex site »

On Monday (4th January), the Trust resumed work on our site at the Flagstaff House complex, within in the old garrison at Colchester and round…

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History

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

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

                    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

  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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