Roman circus centre and cafe now closed for the winter »

From today (15th September), the Roman circus centre and cafe will be closed for the winter. We will re-open in April 2015. Thanks to all our visitors for coming and for your interest and enthusiasm, and we hope to see you all again next year!…

Dec 22 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

CAG launch booklet at solstice – ‘The Stour Valley: a prehistoric landscape’ »

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Yesterday (21st December), was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The Roman festival of Saturnalia was held on the 17th-23rd December and the festival of Sol Invictus, the sun god, was held on the 25th. The solstice was also a special event…

Dec 22 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

our memories of Ida McMaster MBE »

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Ida McMaster 1918-2014 Sadly, on Tuesday (25th November), Trust director Philip attended the memorial service for Ida McMaster MBE, of Mount Bures. Mrs McMaster died on the 14th November. She was a committed amateur archaeologist, author and long-term, active member of the Colchester Archaeological Group (from 1969) and…

Nov 29 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

great news for the Roman circus centre! »

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The Trust is delighted to announce that, on Friday (21st November), we received a very generous grant from the Essex Heritage Trust. We have already been given a generous grant by the Hervey Benham Trust and, on Friday, with the news of the grant from…

Nov 24 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

the Trust uncovers temple precinct wall at St Helena School »

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On Monday (3rd November), we uncovered part of the foundation of the temple precinct wall at St Helena School in Colchester. Trust archaeologist Ben Holloway and excavator Emma are working on our site there, this week. The school stands on the site of a Romano-Celtic…

Nov 5 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

the Trust finds another burnt human bone at Williams & Griffin… »

Yesterday (23rd October), an item was posted on the US Archaeology magazine web-site titled ‘45,000-Year-Old Genome of Modern Human Sequenced’, and they Tweeted a link to the item today. The item is about the results produced in Germany by cells collected from the centre of…

Oct 24 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

‘the Fenwick treasure’ reveals more gems… »

This week, the Trust’s hoard of treasure from the Williams & Griffin store in the High Street at Colchester – ‘the Fenwick treasure’ – has been undergoing work in a laboratory. A conservator and an archaeologist have been working together to ‘excavate’ the treasure and…

Sep 26 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

The Fenwick Treasure at Williams & Griffin! »

During the last week of the Trust’s excavation at the Williams & Griffin store in the High Street at Colchester, we discovered buried treasure… It was actually uncovered by Trust archaeologist Adam Wightman, who was the site supervisor. As he excavated the group of small…

Sep 3 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »
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great news for the Roman circus centre! »

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The Trust is delighted to announce that, on Friday (21st November), we received a very generous grant from the Essex Heritage Trust. We have already…

Nov 24 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

our Roman circus super-model gets arena! »

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On Wednesday (13th August), Trust volunteer Shirley was at Roman Circus House and working on the Roman circus super-model. Shirley made the circus model at…

Aug 16 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

Roman circus super-model and re-opening of circus centre! »

Today (30th June), Trust volunteer Shirley and her husband John came to Roman Circus House and spent several hours working on the super-model of the…

Jun 30 2014 / Comments Off / 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

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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 »

history of Colchester’s Roman circus

[?? – Roman fortress built at Colchester ?? – Roman town built on site of fortress at Colchester AD 60/61 – Roman town at Colchester destroyed in native…

Jun 17 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 »

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