Roman circus centre and tea room to reopen for the summer 11th April 2017 »

The centre and tea room will be open from Tuesday 11th April 2017 until the end of September, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11.00am to 4.00pm. Please consult the website www.romancircus.co.uk for details about opening hours during bank holidays nearer the time.     .…

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11th February: Friends of the Trust ‘talks and tea’ »

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The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) will be hosting an afternoon of ‘talks and tea’ on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the Lion Walk Congregational Church in Lion Walk, Colchester, Essex. The FCAT afternoon follows the FCAT AGM which will be held at the…

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happy new year from the Trust! »

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The Colchester Archaeological Trust at the Roman circus would like to wish everyone a happy new year! We thank you for your support and interest in 2016 and we give you our best wishes for 2017. . The ancient Romans celebrated the new year on…

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Happy Christmas from the Trust! »

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The Colchester Archaeological Trust at the Roman circus centre wishes everyone a Happy Christmas! We would like to thank all our clients, volunteers and associates for all your support in 2016 and we look forward to working with you in 2017. Thank you to all…

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‘The Colchester Archaeologist': the NEW Trust magazine is out NOW! »

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On Tuesday (20th December), the new edition of the Trust’s annual magazine – The Colchester Archaeologist no 28, for 2015-16 – was delivered to our HQ at the Roman circus centre. It is a glossy magazine, 34 pages long, and it is illustrated in full…

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really remarkable foodstuffs from Roman Colchester »

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In 2014, the Trust conducted an excavation within the Williams & Griffin store in the High Street at Colchester. This was a really remarkable archaeological site and we uncovered evidence of centuries of occupation, from the 1st-century Roman fortress – the first in Britain –…

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Forthcoming highlights
16Mar2017

'The Prittlewell prince': FCAT lecture by Lyn Blackmore of MoLA

illustrated lecture for FCAT (the Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust)

From 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm

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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…

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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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