Colchester Archaeology Talks: The Redevelopment of Colchester Castle
Interpreting a unique building and a nationally important collection.
The Redevelopment of Colchester Castle:
A fascinating illustrated talk by Tom Hodgson interpreting this unique building and a nationally important collection.
Colchester Castle is one of England’s most important heritage sites and is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, today it houses the Castle Museum which is home to Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history, including many of the most important Roman finds in Britain.
Tom Hodgson started his career in 1986 at Avoncroft Museum of Buildings in Worcestershire before moving to Canterbury City Museum Service.
He joined Colchester Museums in 1994 as Curator of Social History and was responsible for the redevelopment of Hollytrees Museum between 1998 and 2001.
Following the merger with Ipswich Museums in 2007 he was appointed Community History Manager across both towns and then Manager for the Castle redevelopment – from project initiation in 2009 to delivery in 2014.
After the re-opening of the Castle he managed the Colchester side of Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service until his retirement in 2019.
He continues his connection with the Museum as Curator Emeritus.