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This is what our building looks like. Our sketch map shows you how to get to Roman Circus House and the Roman circus site and centre. The centre is open every weekday, 10.30am-4.30pm. Entry is free. (The cafe is now closed for the winter.)  …

Apr 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

serious fire damages the former Sergeants’ Mess… »

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Yesterday (12th April), a fire which started in the early hours of the morning at the former Sergeants’ Mess, next door to Roman Circus House, has caused serious damage to the building. An eyewitness says that the building was OK at midnight. The fire was…

Apr 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Appeal for gardening volunteers at the Roman circus: Saturday 12th April »

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The building of the new stumps of the starting-gates of the Roman circus is nearing completion, but there is still a lot to do in the surrounding garden (the garden of the former Sergeants’ Mess, next door to Roman Circus House). We need to clear,…

Apr 3 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Roman army day at Roman Circus House: Saturday 5th April »

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The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) are holding a Roman army day here at Roman Circus House on Saturday 5th April, titled ‘The Roman army – fact or fiction’. John Smith, an expert on Roman military equipment, will present two sessions on the…

Mar 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

first view of the circus super-model so far! »

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Today (3rd March), Trust volunteer Shirley brought the circus super-model in to Roman Circus House to show to Trust director Philip for the first time. It was also the first time that she had seen it all laid out together. The seating-stand (cavea) of the…

Mar 3 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

FREE childrens’ Roman circus workshops at the circus centre! »

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On the 18th and 19th February (Tuesday and Wednesday of the school half-term), the Trust will be holding two Roman circus workshops for children in the large ground-floor room at Roman Circus House, at the site of the only Roman circus known in Britain. The…

Feb 7 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Friends of Trust AGM and annual lecture 2014: Saturday 8th February »

The FCAT (Friends of the Trust) AGM and annual lecture 2014 will be held on Saturday 8th February. The AGM will be at Roman Circus House, off Circular Road North, Colchester, Essex, at 11.00 am. The annual lecture – actually a programme of short illustrated talks - will…

Feb 5 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

special photo.s of Roman circus remains »

Today (22nd January), Dr Tim Dennis came to Roman Circus House to photograph the remains of the Roman circus which we exposed in our recent excavation on part of the site of the circus, in front of our building. He used his ‘pole camera’ (a…

Jan 22 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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Circus

great aerial photo. of Roman circus site! »

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Yesterday (4th April), Gary Rowe of CrispAerial brought his mini helicopter to Roman Circus House to take some sample aerial photo.s of the north-west end…

Apr 5 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

surveying on the site of the circus starting-gates »

Today (12th March), Trust archaeologists Chris Lister and Mark Baister were out in the garden of the former Sergeants’ Mess, next to the Trust’s building…

Mar 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

building ‘Roman’ stumps of the circus starting-gates »

On Wednesday (5th March), local builders Mick and John started building the ‘Roman’ stumps of the circus starting-gates (carceres)  in the garden of the former…

Mar 7 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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

HG Wells with his wife Jane in c 1895

  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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