The famous Ermine Street Guard are coming to the Roman circus visitor centre for the weekend of the 10th-11th June 2017… They are a Roman military re-enactment group and they will be encamped at the Roman circus starting-gates all weekend. The Ermine Street Guard are based in Gloucester and represent a unit of Roman infantry. (Ermine Street is the name of the major Roman road from London to Lincoln and York.)
The Guard will march through Colchester town centre on Saturday morning, and will then perform battlefield drills at the Roman circus visitor centre on both Saturday and Sunday. They will also present a static Roman army camp display where visitors will be able to talk to members of the Guard about the life of a Roman soldier.
The march will start at the Town Hall at 10.30am and proceed to the Roman circus visitor centre via Abbeygate Street. The Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
From their own web-site: ‘… The Ermine Street Guard is a society dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment. The reconstructions are primarily from the latter half of the first century A.D. although equipment from other Roman periods is reproduced for experimental and display purposes. Since its formation in 1972 the Guard has become firmly established as the leading society making such a detailed and accurate study of this subject … The Society has been a registered charity since 1988 and is financed through public displays, educational visits and donations… ‘.
(More details to follow.)
FREE for members of the Friends of Colchester Archaeological Trust, non-members £3 per person, accompanied children under 16 FREE.
There will be guided tours of the Roman circus visitor centre and site on Saturday and Sunday. The tea room will also be open on Saturday and Sunday.
We look forward to seeing you!
The event is being presented by the Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust.
Visit the Ermine Street Guard web-site at www.erminestreetguard.co.uk .
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