An invitation to play an ancient Colchester game »

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 You are invited to play the ancient board game of Aquila, Saturday 5th September 2015 at the Roman Circus Centre between 10am and 2pm. The event is free, as is entry to the Roman Circus Centre. Based upon an interpretation of an ancient 2000-year-old game…

Aug 26 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Heritage Open Day at the circus »

We’re looking forward to this year’s Heritage Open Day on Saturday 12th September. We have three sets of tours for you. These are: * A guided walk (about 45 minutes) around the surviving buildings of some of the Victorian and Edwardian buildings of Colchester Garrison…

Aug 26 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

August Bank holiday opening times »

We will be open on Monday of the August Bank holiday. (We are normally closed on Mondays.) This means we will be open on Saturday (29th August) and Monday (31st August) 10.00am – 4.30pm as usual but closed on the Sunday (30th August).…

Aug 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

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/ .   .…

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Colchester Archaeological Reports: clearance sale! »

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From today (7th August), the Trust’s series of twelve published reports – the Colchester Archaeological Reports or CAR reports – will be available to buy at a cost of £1 each. We now hold only limited stock of some of the volumes, so purchase of…

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Colchester’s MP enjoys special ice cream at Roman circus centre café »

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On Friday (24th July), Will Quince, the recently-elected MP for Colchester, visited the café here at the Roman circus centre at the Trust’s invitation, to be the first visitor to sample our very own ‘Roman circus’ ice cream. This special ice cream is hand-made to…

Jul 27 2015 / Comments Off on Colchester’s MP enjoys special ice cream at Roman circus centre café / Read More »

Roman circus foundations uncovered at Flagstaff House »

On Tuesday (21st July), the Trust began an excavation at the Flagstaff House complex of buildings on Napier Road, within the old garrison at Colchester and just up the road from Roman Circus House. The Flagstaff House complex used to be the HQ of the…

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Latest The Colchester Archaeologist magazine »

Want to find out more about the Fenwick Treasure? – the fascinating hoard of gold and silver jewellery found last year on the Williams and Griffin excavation in Colchester town centre. If you do, then now’s your chance. The latest edition of The Colchester Archaeologist…

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more of the Roman circus at Flagstaff House »

We are currently still conducting an excavation on a site at the Flagstaff House complex, in the old garrison at Colchester and just up the…

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latest photo. of Roman circus remains »

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The Trust is currently investigating a site at the Flagstaff House complex of buildings, within the old garrison at Colchester, and just up the road…

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Roman circus foundations uncovered at Flagstaff House »

On Tuesday (21st July), the Trust began an excavation at the Flagstaff House complex of buildings on Napier Road, within the old garrison at Colchester…

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History

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 »

Survivor of the 1884 earthquake

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The most destructive earthquake known in Britain happened at 9.18 am, on April 22nd 1884. In Colchester, it was just an ordinary bright sunlit morning. Then, in a…

Jan 5 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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