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Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club: May 2017 meeting

The Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met in Colchester Castle park for their May meeting on Saturday (20th May). Colchester YAC organiser BB writes: ‘… Mark Davies, a former curator at Colchester Castle Museum, set a quiz for the YAC. In four teams with five members and a volunteer leader in each team, the young […]

ESAH at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre

The committee of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) came here to the Roman circus visitor centre on Saturday (29th April) for one of their quarterly meetings. The committee members began their visit with lunch in the circus centre tea room and then joined a guided tour of the Roman circus visitor centre […]

Colchester YAC and their April 2017 meeting

The Colchester Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) held their April meeting here at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre on Saturday morning (22nd April). Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We were privileged to have some expertise from the Colchester Archaeological Trust (CAT) at our April meeting. Trust archaeologist Laura Pooley showed us some fragmentary […]

the ‘dies natalis’ of Rome and chariot-racing

Today (21st April) is marked as the anniversary of the legendary founding of the city of Rome – the Dies natalis Urbis – on the day of the Roman festival of Parilia. The accepted date of the founding of Rome is 753 BC. The dies natalis of Rome has been all over Twitter today. According […]

from the Trust at the Roman circus: happy Easter !

The Trust would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and Bank Holiday weekend – especially to all our clients and professional partners, to our great volunteers, to all our Roman circus centre visitors and customers, to the visitors to our web-sites, and to all our followers on Facebook and Twitter. Easter is the great […]

it’s our big day at the Roman circus visitor centre!

The Trust is pleased to say that our big day has arrived and that the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room will be open for the summer from tomorrow, Tuesday 11th April. Over the winter, the visitor centre and our HQ has undergone some essential exterior maintenance work and we have also […]

improvements at the Roman circus visitor centre!

The Trust is re-opening the Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room for the summer on Tuesday 11th April. We are busy finishing off some improvements for our visitors before Tuesday. We have had a new wall built on the southern side of the building, for a display, and the layout of the ground-plan […]

a watching brief on the new Balkerne Hill footbridge

The new footbridge across Balkerne Hill in Colchester was opened last week (Friday 24th March). In January-February, the Trust conducted a brief watching brief on works to install the new footbridge across Balkerne Hill. Balkerne Hill was closed overnight on two occasions: the first took place in January when the old footbridge structure was removed, […]

Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club: March meeting

On Saturday (18th March), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met here at the Roman circus centre for their March meeting. Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We had 17 Colchester YAC members at our meeting on Saturday. Our theme was clothing and armour, and we all discussed our favourite periods of history and […]

‘made in Colchester’: some medieval pottery from Mile End

                            On Tuesday (14th March), the Trust completed a large area excavation at ‘Chesterwell’, a development site at Mile End to the north of Colchester. The site is in an area of known medieval pottery kiln sites and it produced a very […]

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