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6th April 2009, 08:56 AM
In December 2008 Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service submitted the Round 1 submission of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Bid for the Roman Circus Interpretation Project. Following the completion of the assessment of the application a first round pass and development grant has not been successful.

The regional Committee recognised the heritage importance of the Roman Circus and noted the high level of public interest in the site. They commended Colchester Borough Council and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service's wish to improve access and interpretation to the Roman Circus. The demand for HLF funds is very high and this year they have received more applications than funds available.

Adrian Pritchard, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Council said "Clearly this is disappointing for the Council, but will not stop us interpreting the site in the best way for the people of Colchester."

Colchester Borough Council and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service will now be revising the bid for the Roman Circus Interpretation Project for resubmission. Further funding options will also be explored for the project. As a matter of priority the museum service will develop interim interpretation of the Roman Circus so that visitors to the site are able to learn more about this unique archaeological monument, which has Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

Cllr Theresa Higgins - Culture, Tourism and Diversity Portfolio Holder said "This is not the end of the Roman Circus project. The Borough Council is committed to making the Roman Circus site available to the people of Colchester. We are disappointed that the HLF were not swayed by the international importance of the site as the only Roman Circus known from Britain."

Colchester is one of only six locations in northwest Europe where a Roman Circus has been securely identified and Philip Wise, Heritage Manager for Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service said "Whilst this is disappointing for the people of Colchester, there are further opportunities that we will pursue to develop this richly historic site. In the interim period we will interpret the site so that visitors and residents of the town can enjoy this rare monument."

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