for Roman circus centre and tea room, please go to new web-site! »

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For opening hours, directions and other visitor information about the Roman circus centre and tea room, please go to our new web-site at www.romancircus.co.uk/ .   .…

Aug 23 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

our tribute to Trust excavator Lawrie Driver »

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Lawrie Driver 1943-2016 Lawrie was an archaeological excavator with the Trust for over 10 years, from 2003 until 2014. Lawrie loved archaeology and excavating, and our HQ, the Roman circus centre! He would commute from his home near Brentwood to our archaeological sites in Colchester…

Aug 23 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Saturday 27th August: all about archaeology at the Roman circus centre! »

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On Saturday 27th August – during the August Bank Holiday weekend – come and enjoy some archaeology at the Roman circus centre: an illustrated talk by Trust director Philip and a Blue Badge-guided tour of the Roman circus site and centre! Admission free. . ***…

Aug 22 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

it’s all happening at the Roman circus centre on Saturday 20th August! – come and see! »

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On Saturday (20th August), it’s all happening here at the Roman circus centre! – come and see! We’ve got a kids’ sand-pit dig, 11.00-3.00 – an Aquila board-game session, 11.00-2.00 – a Blue Badge guided tour of the Roman circus site and centre, at 12.30…

Aug 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Things they buried with the dead…': hands-on Roman finds session on Sat. 13th August! »

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Come and enjoy a hands-on Roman finds session with Trust archaeologist Emma Holloway at the Roman circus centre! A look at things placed in Roman burials in Colchester – what and why! The finds will include pottery and glass vessels, lamps, evidence of clothing and…

Aug 9 2016 / Comments Off on ‘Things they buried with the dead…': hands-on Roman finds session on Sat. 13th August! / Read More »

next FREE event at the Roman circus: ARCHAEOLOGY ROADSHOW! – Sat. 30th July »

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On Saturday 30th July, the next big FREE event at the Roman circus centre is our ARCHAEOLOGY ROADSHOW! – bring your finds, mystery objects and antiques to our panel of experts. 11.00am until 4.00pm, in the marquee at the Roman circus centre, Roman Circus Walk,…

Jul 25 2016 / Comments Off on next FREE event at the Roman circus: ARCHAEOLOGY ROADSHOW! – Sat. 30th July / Read More »
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Forthcoming highlights
27Aug2016

illustrated talk on the archaeology of Colchester plus Blue Badge guided tour of the Roman circus

talk by Trust director Philip Crummy plus guided tour of the Roman circus site and centre

From 11.30am until 14.15pm

At the Roman circus centre

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10Sep2016

come to the NAAFI! - Heritage Open Day 2016

Come to the 1937 NAAFI of the former Artillery Barracks (the Roman circus centre)

From 10.30am until 4.30pm

At the Colchester 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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