the Roman circus visitor centre is now OPEN for the summer »

                            The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room are now OPEN for the summer. * The summer opening hours are 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. * The visitor centre, site and tea…

Jun 22 2017 / Comments Off on the Roman circus visitor centre is now OPEN for the summer / Read More »

More on Shetland ponies and chariot racing »

  The story about the interesting recent find of a small horse bone from the Roman circus has got in a bit of tangle. The bone points to an animal about the size of a medium to large Shetland pony. There is no reason to…

Jun 22 2017 / Comments Off on More on Shetland ponies and chariot racing / Read More »

remains of the Roman circus AND a remarkable find! »

Remains of the Roman circus Today (16th June), the Trust will complete an archaeological evaluation on the site of the Arena Club within the old Colchester garrison. We began our fieldwork there on the 23rd May. During the evaluation, we uncovered further, well-preserved, remarkable remains…

Jun 16 2017 / Comments Off on remains of the Roman circus AND a remarkable find! / Read More »

Roman soldiers to return to Colchester – at the Roman circus visitor centre! »

Nearly 2,000 years after their first definite visit to Colchester, the Roman army is returning! – and visiting the Roman circus visitor centre…  The famous Ermine Street Guard is a group of Roman army re-enactors and they will be here at the Roman circus centre…

Jun 3 2017 / Comments Off on Roman soldiers to return to Colchester – at the Roman circus visitor centre! / Read More »

Roman circus visitor centre: the Ermine Street Guard are coming! »

The famous Ermine Street Guard are coming to the Roman circus visitor centre for the weekend of the 10th-11th June 2017… They are a Roman military re-enactment group and they will be encamped at the Roman circus starting-gates all weekend. The Ermine Street Guard are…

May 12 2017 / Comments Off on Roman circus visitor centre: the Ermine Street Guard are coming! / Read More »

Roman circus visitor centre summer season: programme of guided tours »

The Trust is delighted to announce our summer season programme of guided tours of the Roman circus site and visitor centre. The guided tours all take place on Saturdays and start at 12 noon and at 1.00 pm: each one lasts an hour. There are…

May 5 2017 / Comments Off on Roman circus visitor centre summer season: programme of guided tours / Read More »
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remains of the Roman circus AND a remarkable find! »

Remains of the Roman circus Today (16th June), the Trust will complete an archaeological evaluation on the site of the Arena Club within the old…

Jun 16 2017 / Comments Off on remains of the Roman circus AND a remarkable find! / Read More »

a timeline of Colchester’s Roman circus »

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…

Dec 29 2015 / Comments Off on a timeline of Colchester’s Roman circus / Read More »

more mortar: some fascinating fragments of the Roman circus »

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…

Nov 4 2015 / Comments Off on more mortar: some fascinating fragments of the Roman circus / Read More »
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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

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

                    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

  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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