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Good Friday 2018: medieval sea shells from St John’s abbey in Colchester

  Last week and this week, Trust archaeology volunteers have been hard at work washing a very large quantity of sea shells from a site within the area of the precinct of St John’s abbey in Colchester. The shells were excavated from medieval rubbish-pits on a site at the Flagstaff House complex in the old Colchester garrison, where we conducted a very long-running archaeological watching brief from 2015. The watching brief was undertaken on works at the Flagstaff House complex during extensive redevelopment works (the complex is now the Arena Place residential development). This complex of listed and locally-listed buildings was [read more…]

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guided tours of the Roman circus visitor centre: summer 2018

                        Our guided tours of the Colchester Roman circus site and visitor centre resume on Saturday 31st March. The guided tours take place on every Saturday from the 31st March until the 29th September, at 12 noon (till 1.00 pm) and at 1.00 pm (till 2.00 pm) – please see timetable below. Please meet at the Roman circus model inside the visitor centre. You can check the details in the calendar on the home page of this web-site. Our guides are all trained volunteers and they are Dinah, Sam, [read more…]

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NAAFI memorabilia at the Roman circus visitor centre

On Wednesday (21st March), an interesting item of NAAFI memorabilia arrived here at the Trust’s HQ. It is a page (page 382) from an issue of The War Illustrated, published on the 12th April 1940, during WW2. It shows five great photo.s relating to the NAAFI, and – appropriately for Women’s History Month (March) – these feature some of the women who worked in NAAFIs or for the NAAFI during the war. The NAAFI – the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute – was created to provide catering and leisure facilities and services to ‘the Services’. Our HQ and the Roman [read more…]

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Colchester Roman circus visitor centre re-opening!

  Colchester Roman circus visitor centre re-opening! Hurrah! The Trust is delighted to say that the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre will re-open for the summer on Tuesday 27th March ’18. It’s your first chance to see our newest display, the scale model of Roman Colchester and the Roman circus, while it is being created…                                     Special archaeological art exhibition ‘Reconstructing Colchester’s past’, a special archaeological art exhibition of Peter Froste’s artworks, will also open to the public on the 27th March. We ask [read more…]