Enta Geweorc – Roman Colchester
This September, the Society will be taking a trip to Colchester to see ruins the Anglo-Saxons thought the ‘work of giants’. Camulodunum was the capital of Roman Britain, a wealthy and sophisticated urban centre boasting a senate house, 3 theatres, a chariot-racing circus, 8 temples, town houses with under-floor heating and mosaics, a public water supply, pottery kilns, and glass and metal manufactories. Founded under the Emperor Claudius, it was sacked by Boudicca (‘a woman of the British royal family who possessed more spirit than is usual among women … very tall and grim in appearance, with a piercing gaze and a harsh voice’) in AD 60 but quickly rebuilt, this time with a defensive wall. The oldest recorded town in Britain, it possesses a wealth of Roman remains.
Howard Brooks BA (Hons) FSA MCIfA (Colchester Archaeological Trust) will guide us through the Roman town. Starting from the Balkerne Gate, set in Britain’s oldest and longest surviving town wall, and the Interval tower, the tour will take in the Roman Church, the Roman Circus (the only known example in Britain), the Roman theatre and (if it is open) the Temple facade. Along the way, we will learn about the Roman invasion and conquest, the history of the town, its architecture, and the lives of the Rómáne.
Two tours will be offered, on Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 September. The coach will leave NT Sutton Hoo at 9:30am, returning about 5:00pm. Further information and booking forms will be available in the next Saxon.
Basil Brown Memorial Lecture
Saturday 27 May, Anglo-Saxon Dress and Textiles
Professor Emerita Gale R. Owen-Crocker of The University of Manchester gave a stimulating and enjoyable lecture on Anglo-Saxon Dress and Textiles to Society members and lufiendas of all things Anglo-Saxon. She has published extensively on the life and literature of the Anglo-Saxon period, and in particular on medieval dress and textiles, and we are very grateful that she took time out of her busy lecture and research schedules to share her expertise with us. Be on the lookout for her next book Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe (with Elizabeth Coatsworth).
Reports on our trips are to be found in our magazine, Saxon, which can be viewed on this website.
Recent visits have included Battle Abbey,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Mildenhall Museum,
Parker Library, Wren Library, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge,
Archaeological site at Lyminge, Kent
and we have travelled as far as Gamla Uppsala, Ireland, Lindisfarne and Canterbury as well as closer to our Suffolk homeland.
For more information or enquiries, please contact our SHS Membership Secretary, via the website.