Colchester’s Street of Tombs

Roman Circus Visitor Centre Roman Circus Walk, Colchester

Advance booking for this exhibition is essential.  Colchester reveals more Roman secrets! What have the archaeologists dug up now? The main focus of the exhibition will be our current excavations at the front of the Essex County Hospital which is an area once crossed by this remarkable and largely under-appreciated…

£3.75

Colchester Archaeology Talks 2021: Roman Life – Dining

Online - Zoom

'Roman Life - Dining’ The Romans typically ate three meals daily, with dinner considered the most important meal. It also allowed an important social occasion - the dinner party. This exercised the social institution of patronage; allowed the host to show off the best tableware and mosaics; and to surprise…

£4.75

Colchester Archaeology Talks: Roman Life – Gladiators

Online - Zoom

'Roman Life - Gladiators’ Romans both admired and despised those who were unfortunate enough to become gladiators. Despite being considered to be at the lowest level of society, images of gladiators were used decoratively in homes and mementoes were produced of favourite fighters e.g. the Colchester Vase. This talk will…

£4.75

Colchester Archaeology Talks: Roman Life – Chariot Racing

Online - Zoom

'Roman Life - Chariot Racing’ Chariot racing was the greatest spectator sport of the Roman period. With its racing teams, star drivers and celebrity horses, it provided sports fans with all the elements necessary to engage and excite. The fanatical support of a team colour is just of the legacies.…

£4.75

Colchester Archaeology Talks: Searching for the Colosseum’s backstage team

Online - Zoom

A talk by historical fiction author Melissa Addey They called it the Flavian Amphitheatre. We call it the Colosseum. In 80AD the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire was inaugurated with 100 days of Games. But the Games didn’t just happen. They were made. The backstage team of the Colosseum…

£10

Colchester Archaeology Talks: Dykes – What were they really for?

Online - Zoom

Online Talk: Were Camulodunum’s large earthworks solely defensive, or did they serve another purpose? David Grocott sees the defensive role of the large linear earthworks as separate to a more significant political function to the dykes as the Trinovantian chiefs struggled to control relations with the materially far richer Romans…

£5

Open Gardens Day with FREE tours

Roman Circus Visitor Centre Roman Circus Walk, Colchester

All are welcome to attend between 10am and 4pm. Meet the Romans and join a FREE guided tour of the archaeological remains of Britain’s only known chariot-racing arena. NO BOOKING REQUIRED for outside activities, just pay on the door if you would like to go into the Visitor Centre (£3,…