Colchester Archaeological Group lectures here at the Roman circus visitor centre









The Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) is a local group of active and enthusiastic volunteers who undertake excavations and research. The CAG often works in partnership with the Trust. This year they are celebrating their 60th anniversary!

On their web-site, the CAG say: ‘… We have been working since 1955 to bring together the contribution volunteers can make to local archaeological knowledge and discovery.
The Group organizes a series of archaeological digs throughout the year to help members develop and practice their skills in excavation.
There is also an annual series of lectures during the winter months, study visits and other fieldwork designed to promote knowledge and interest in archaeology …’.

The series of lectures are held here at the Roman circus centre, on Monday evenings, starting on the 9th October 2017 and finishing on the 19th February 2018. The lectures are listed below and also in the calendar on this web-site and on the CAG web-site. The CAG library is also housed in a room on the top floor of the Trust HQ and our Roman circus centre. It looks like another programme of great lectures this year!


The CAG 2017/2018 lecture programme is as follows:
9th October 2017 – AGM, followed by Mark Davies: ‘Early personalities from CAG’.

16th October 2017 – Brenna Hassett, Natural History Museum: ‘Built on bones: 150,000 years of urban life and death’.

23rd October 2017 – Lynette Bloom of History Blooms: ‘Medieval medicine and the rise of the barber surgeon’.

30th October 2017 – Tim Williams, Reader in Silk Roads Archaeology: ‘Along the
Silk Roads: the archaeology of cities, caravanserai and endurance’.

6th November 2017 – Tony Culham, The Sutton Hoo Society: ‘The story of Suton Hoo’.

13th November 2017 – Alison Telfer, MoLA: ‘By the banks of the Walbrook: recent excavations at the site of the Crossrail Broadgate ticket hall’.

20th November 2017 – Keith Wade, Ipswich Archaeological Trust: ‘The origins and development of Ipswich’.

27th November 2017 – Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection: ‘Armour and the Afterlife: knightly effigies in England and Wales’.

4th December 2017 – Kate Jewell, independent tutor: ‘Cakes, ale and partying: feasting and fundraising in medieval East Anglia’.

11th December 2017 – CAG Christmas party at the Roman circus visitor centre.


15th January 2018 – Oliver Hutchinson, CitiZan and MoLA: ‘The oldest road on Mersea Island?’.

22nd January 2018 – Martin Brook, Britannia Archaeology: ‘The archaeology of Woodgate, Aylsham’.

29th January 2018 – Ashley Cooper, landowner and local historian: ‘Goldingham Hall from archaeological excavation and manorial records’.

5th February 2018 – CAG members’ activities: geophysics in the Stour Valley and excavation at Fordham Roman villa.

12th February 2018 – Frances Boardman, independent tutor: ‘Ancient Egyptian jewellery – what the well-dressed man and woman wore’.

19th February 2018 – Lynette Burgess, of Bawdsey Radar Trust: ‘Can you keep a secret? The history of Bawdsey Radar and its role in WW2’.

26th February 2018 – Don Walker, MoLA: ‘Anatomy schools and bodysnatchers: the price of achievement at the London Hospital’.

5th March 2018 – Sean Day, the Harwich Mayflower Project: ‘The Mayflower Project’.



Admission fee for each lecture:
CAG members = £2, student members = free
Non-members = £4, students £1.

Visit the CAG web-site at .

The Trust is very pleased to host the members of the CAG and their speakers here at and to welcome non-members to the Roman circus visitor centre, for their series of lectures.

The Roman circus centre is closed for the winter break from the 30th September 2017 until 11.00 am on the 27th March 2018. It is available to hire as a venue: please contact us – contact details on this web-site at .