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

                            The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room are now OPEN for the summer. * The summer opening hours are 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. * The visitor centre, site and tea…

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Colchester Roman circus visitor centre is OPEN for the May Bank Holiday weekend! »

The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre is OPEN for the May Bank Holiday weekend! The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room will be OPEN on Saturday 30th April and Monday 1st May (but closed on Sunday). *** There will also be a…

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from the Trust at the Roman circus: happy Easter ! »

The Trust would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and Bank Holiday weekend – especially to all our clients and professional partners, to our great volunteers, to all our Roman circus centre visitors and customers, to the visitors to our web-sites, and to all…

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it’s our big day at the Roman circus visitor centre! »

The Trust is pleased to say that our big day has arrived and that the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room will be open for the summer from tomorrow, Tuesday 11th April. Over the winter, the visitor centre and our HQ has…

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Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room re-opening! »

The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room will re-open for the summer on Tuesday 11th April 2017. Summer opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11.00 am-4.00 pm. The Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room are pushchair-/wheelchair-accessible. Admission is free. We look forward…

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11th February: Friends of the Trust ‘talks and tea’ »

The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) will be hosting an afternoon of ‘talks and tea’ on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the Lion Walk Congregational Church in Lion Walk, Colchester, Essex. The FCAT afternoon follows the FCAT AGM which will be held at the…

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10Jun2017

the famous Ermine Street Guard are coming to the Roman circus visitor centre!

the Ermine Street Guard at the Roman circus visitor centre! - 10th-11th June 2017

From 11.00 am until 4.00 pm

At Colchester Roman circus visitor centre

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Circus

a timeline of Colchester’s Roman circus »

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 »

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! »

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…

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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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