Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club February meeting: medieval mayhem!




















The Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met on Saturday 17th for their February meeting here at the Roman circus visitor centre.

Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… Colchester YAC enjoyed a medieval session at the Roman circus visitor centre on the 17th. We started by telling each other what we liked about the medieval period and then what we disliked… A horror of plague, lack of sanitation, lack of technology, lack of transport and weird remedies headed the list of dislikes, but craftsmanship, tapestries and the Magna Carta were among the likes. Under a ‘medieval’ heading on the A-board, the young people made a list of good and bad things. Harald Hardrada and Henry Vlll made it on to the list of bad things and Richard lll on to the list of good.






















Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) member and YAC volunteer Jill Hamblin led a little discussion group about the medieval period, and Colchester Archaeological Trust volunteer and CAG member Gillian Brown organised the members in making bangles and necklaces. Intricate medieval-style designs were also made out of plasticine and our medieval time-line was embellished with new depictions of the period. Medieval fortifications and castles were designed and modelled out of Lego.































By the end of the meeting, some amusing additions had appeared under the Medieval heading on the A-board – “torture” on the list of good things and “Brexit” on the list of bad things …’.

The images show the YAC in action on Saturday.





If you are aged under 17 and interested in joining the Young Archaeologists’ Club in Colchester, then please contact Barbara Butler on  07808  968 7 6 6  or at barbara[at] or Barbara Butler, Colchester YAC Branch, c/o the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex CO2 7GZ.

The National Young Archaeologists’ Club web-site is at .