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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 […]

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 for the weekend of the 10th-11th June. The Ermine Street […]

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 […]

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