the Trust at Colchester Festival of Lifelong Learning – come and see us!

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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 the High Street. The festival will be open from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and admission is free. It is an event at which local and other groups and organisations present information stalls, as well as a reception desk and an area of chairs and tables for visitors to sit down and socialise.

The Trust is a registered charity and a limited company and we employ a full-time archaeological field unit. Our HQ is at the site of the Roman circus in Colchester, and we maintain a Roman circus visitor centre on the ground floor of our building. The Roman circus visitor centre includes part of the site of the circus, indoor displays and a tea room. It is open to visitors, schools and groups (admission is free, but we do ask a fee for pre-booked groups and school visits and also for our guided tours). The Roman circus centre is the home of Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT): it also hosts local groups and is the venue for the weekly winter lectures of the Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) and the monthly meetings of the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC). From September, it will host the monthly meetings of Colchester Recalled (the oral history group).

On our information stall, the Trust stall will be promoting:

  • FCAT
  • the CAG – winter weekly lectures at 7.30pm on Mondays, 19th October 2017-19th February 2018
  • the Colchester YAC – monthly meetings at 10.00 am, on the third Saturday of the month
  • Colchester Recalled – monthly meetings starting 15th September 2017, at 7.00 pm on Thursdays
  • the Roman circus visitor centre – open 11.00 am-4.00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, April-September
  • and four public illustrated lectures which we will be presenting at the
    Roman circus visitor centre in September 2017 (details to follow).

If you are interested in any of these things, then please do come and chat to us. We will be there to chat and provide information, and our stall will include information materials and fragments of an excavated pottery vessel for visitors to handle and try to re-assemble… The stall will also feature a Trust archaeology volunteer demonstrating how to process finds. We are hoping to recruit new volunteers to join our team of volunteers in processing finds and/or leading guided tours of the Roman circus visitor centre for visitors. Our team of volunteers is very important to the Trust and our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work of the Trust and to the Roman circus visitor centre. We provide training for our volunteers and are planning to present four illustrated lectures and a guided tour for our volunteers in autumn 2017. Our volunteers’ benefits include an annual Christmas party and summer lunch!

To find the Trust stall at the festival, go through the main entrance and turn left and then right – and we will be on the right (stall no 14). Trust archaeologist Steve and Trust director Philip will be on the stall on Friday and Saturday respectively, assisted by a mini team of volunteers, including Roman circus guide Jonathan.
Come and chat to us – we look forward to seeing you!

Other stalls at the festival: the Colchester Institute, the Sixth Form College, ACL Colchester (Adult Community Learning), the Colchester Pensioners’ Action Group, the Family History Society, the Friends of Colchester Museums, Colchester Recalled, U3A (the University of the Third Age), the University of Essex, the National Careers Service, Signpost (independent employment advisors), the Open University, Learning Never Stops, the WEA (Workers Educational Association), CCVS (Colchester Community Voluntary Services), and firstsite.

The Moot Hall is on the first floor and access is provided by stairs and a lift. There are public WCs on the same floor.
The festival is supported by the East of England Co-operative Society.


Visit the web-sites of the groups which are based at or meet at the Colchester Roman circus centre:
* FCAT at
* CAG at
* Colchester YAC on this web-site at and the national YAC at
* and Colchester Recalled at .


The images show the pottery puzzle which will be on our stall – these fragments do actually form a complete pottery vessel! – and part of the festival poster.