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Roman circus centre and tea room to reopen for the summer on 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 for details about opening hours during bank holidays nearer the time.     .

Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room re-opening!

The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room will re-open for the summer on Tuesday 11th April 2017. Summer opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11.00 am-4.00 pm. The Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room are pushchair-/wheelchair-accessible. Admission is free. We look forward to seeing you! .

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

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 Roman circus centre in the morning, at 10.00 am. The […]

happy new year from the Trust!

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 the first of January with feasting and drinking and the […]

Happy Christmas from the Trust!

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 our visitors to the circus centre and to this blog, […]

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

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 colour. It costs £2.95. The articles have all been written […]

really remarkable foodstuffs from Roman Colchester

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 – to the 19th-century iron foundry and the domestic rubbish-pits of […]

a really special dish from a Roman burial at Colchester…

The really special dish which the Trust recently excavated in a Roman cremation burial at Colchester (see previous blog post) is special because of its contents – and these are a small group of bones from a young pig. The bones represent a funerary offering of cooked meat on the bone, which were placed in […]

Remembrance in Colchester 2016

Yesterday (11th November) was, of course, Remembrance Day. A two-minutes’ silence was, officially, observed throughout Britain at 11.00 am yesterday – the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Remembrance Sunday is tomorrow, and there will be a ceremony at the war memorial near the Castle in Colchester, as at war memorials throughout the country and […]

Colchester Monopoly launched today and includes the Roman circus!

The Colchester Monopoly was launched today (21st October) at an event at the Mercury Theatre. Trust office manager Jules represented the Trust at the event, because the Colchester Monopoly includes the Roman circus! The Mayor of Colchester Councillor Julie Young attended the launch event. The manufacturers, Winning Moves UK, also very kindly gave the Trust […]

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