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/ .   .…

Feb 10 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Roman circus centre opening times »

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                              Trust volunteer Wendie will be processing archaeological material in the Roman circus centre from 12 noon till 4.30pm, from Tuesday to Friday, to chat to visitors and provide guided tours…

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BIG NEWS: site open day at 97 High Street, Colchester on Saturday 13th February »

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The Trust is delighted to announce that we will be holding a site open day on Saturday 13th February 2016, at 97 High Street in Colchester. Our clients – Flying Trade Group plc – have very kindly agreed to open their construction site to visitors…

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our tribute to archaeologist Carl Crossan »

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  Carl Crossan (1946-2016) Yesterday (1st February), we received the very sad news of the death of archaeologist Carl Crossan. Carl worked for the Trust for almost 34 years, from September 1972 until his retirement in July 2006. Carl loved archaeology. He began his career…

Feb 2 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

‘fun and games': Aquila at the Roman circus centre »

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Alex Jones recently came into the Roman circus centre to set a date for another Aquila session here. ‘Aquila’ is a board-game which Alex has designed, based on the game-board and counters which the Trust excavated on our important archaeological site at Stanway. The site…

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Roman circus centre reorganised for the winter »

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Yesterday (5th January), Trust volunteer Wendie started working in the large room at the Roman circus centre, where the café is during the summer season. Wendie will sit here and process archaeological finds and chat to our visitors while the café is closed for the…

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happy New Year! »

The Trust gives everyone our best wishes for the New Year. We are looking forward to 2016 and to continued success with our work in commercial archaeology. We are also planning new developments at the Roman circus centre – and we look foward to seeing…

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Roman circus centre CLOSED for Christmas and New Year 2015/16 »

The Roman circus centre is closing today (23rd December) at 4.30pm and will be closed until 10.00am on Tuesday 5th January 2016. The circus centre café is now closed for the winter until the new season begins on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. *** The Roman…

Dec 23 2015 / Comments Off on Roman circus centre CLOSED for Christmas and New Year 2015/16 / Read More »
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Forthcoming highlights
13Feb2016

archaeological site open day at 97 High Street, Colchester

From 10.00am until 4.00pm

At 97 High Street, Colchester, Essex

Find out more...

21Mar2016

Roman circus centre cafe re-opening

The Roman circus centre cafe will re-open in March 2016.

From 9.00am until 4.30pm

At 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…

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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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