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new tourism campaign in Colchester: ‘If these walls could talk’

Today (28th July), an item was posted on the Colchester Gazette web-site titled ‘The true story of Colchester’s incredible Roman wall’ – at . This presents a brief history of the remarkable Roman town wall of Colchester and describes the programme of conservation of the town wall which Colchester Borough Council has been undertaking […]

Colchester Roman circus visitor centre is a Children’s University Learning Destination

        The Colchester Archaeological Trust is delighted to say that the Colchester Roman circus site and visitor centre have been included in the Colchester Cultural Trail 2017 as a Learning Destination. The Cultural Trail is part of the Essex Children’s University or CU (Colchester Campus) scheme for children in Essex during the school […]

Festival of Archaeology 15th-30th July ’17: events in Essex

            The annual UK Festival of Archaeology starts tomorrow (Saturday 15th July) and continues until Sunday 30th July. The CBA says: ‘… Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology [CBA], the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and […]

the Trust investigates even more remains of the Roman circus

                      The week before last (the week of the 26th-30th June), the Trust was able to uncover and investigate even more remains of part of the Colchester Roman circus, during our very long-running watching brief on works at the Flagstaff House complex of buildings. This […]

the ‘Antiques road trip’ comes to the Roman circus visitor centre!

                  . Today (6th July), an ‘Antiques road trip’ production crew came to film the detour part of a special celebrity edition here at the Roman circus visitor centre! The crew consisted of antiques expert Roo Irvine and Dominic, the producer/cameraman, with a celebrity guest, the paralympian […]

new coffee house in Colchester displays remarkable Roman remains

Today (30th June), a new coffee house was opened near the east end of Colchester High Street – this is the Claudius Gateway. It is built over the remarkable exposed remains of the monumental Roman arcade which fronted the precinct of the Temple of Claudius. The Trust investigated and excavated the remains in 2012, 2014 […]

the Trust at Colchester Festival of Lifelong Learning – come and see us!

16+ or 60+ ? – learn something new! Come to the Colchester Festival of Lifelong Learning… . On Friday (30th June) and Saturday (1st July), the Trust will be presenting an information stall at the Festival of Lifelong Learning in Colchester. This is a great event in the Moot Hall of the Town Hall in […]

Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club: June ’17

On Saturday (17th June), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) held their June meeting in the Millennium Hall of St Botolph’s church in Colchester. Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… Eighteen YAC members congregated in the Millennium Hall. Seven of them had enjoyed meeting up last weekend at the Colchester Roman circus centre for the […]

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 of the Roman circus. These survive very close to the […]

the Ermine Street Guard conquer Colchester Roman circus

On Saturday and Sunday (10th-11th June), the Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) hosted a weekend presenting the Ermine Street Guard here at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre. The Ermine Street Guard re-enact a unit of the Roman army which served in Britannia. The Guard marched in good order from Colchester Town Hall […]

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