To mark the birthday of Emperor Antoninus Pius – who built his Roman frontier, The Antonine Wall, across Falkirk district – we’ve organised a series of events to celebrate our rich Roman heritage. Welcome to the fifth Big Roman Week. From September 14-22, 2013 AD.
Many events are free- but check if you need to book a place (or buy tickets in advance). See individual listings for details.
ALL WEEK – Roman display in Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH. You can also see Roman exhibitions at Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR; and Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR. For opening times, visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries and http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
ALL WEEK – EXHIBITION: ARTISTS ROOMS – Nature Over Again After Poussin 1979-1980. Exhibition of black and white photographs portraying Ian Hamilton Findlay’s garden, Little Sparta, outside Edinburgh – which has been inspired by the ancient world. Park Gallery, within Callendar House, Falkirk. Free. (Exhibition runs until November 16). http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org.uk/arts
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – FAMILY EVENT: ROMAN CRAFTS – at Bonnybridge Library, Bridge Street, Bonnybridge, FK4 1AD (10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.) and Bo’ness Library (11 a.m. to noon). Fun activities for children aged five and over. The events are free: get a ticket in advance from the libraries to reserve your places. http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – FAMILY EVENT: THE ROMAN EXPERIENCE – Workshop at Callendar House, Falkirk, FK1 1YR, 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Become a Roman soldier. Find out how the invaders built the Antonine wall. Examine original Roman objects – and take part in Roman manoeuvres. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult. This is partly an outdoor activity, so please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. Booking essential. Tel. 01324 506850 http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – WALK THE WALL: BRIDGENESS TO KINNEIL. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey, from Falkirk Community Trust, as he leads a guided walk along the line of the Antonine Wall: from Harbour Road, Bo’ness, to Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness. Approx 2 miles (with free shuttle bus back). Leaves from the Bridgeness Slab replica, on Harbour Road, EH51 9LF, at 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. http://www.bridgenessslab.org.uk Organised by The Friends of Kinneil. http://www.kinneil.org.uk
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – FILM: CHILDREN IN CHAINS. The Antonine Friendship Link presents a new video about children imprisoned by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Also hear about the work of the Friendship Link – which links people in Falkirk (once divided by a Roman wall) with Jayyous in the West Bank (currently divided by an Israeli-built wall). Speakers will include Michael Connarty MP. There will also be a question and answer session and refreshments. At Falkirk Old and St Modans Church Hall, Manse Place, FK1 1JN, from 7.30 p.m. Give a donation at the door. For details contact: Bob Philip, email@example.com or call: 01324 716231
Children in Chains is described as a powerful, harrowing but extremely important documentary featuring West Bank-based lawyer Gerard Horton, about the abuse of Palestinian children under Israel’s 46 year old military rule. Click to see the trailer above.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – FILM: CARRY ON CLEO (PG). Comic caper, starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Amanda Barrie. This 1964 romp – dubbed “one of the best” of the Carry On series – tells of the love affair between Roman soldier Mark Antony (James) and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (Barrie). At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 11 a.m. Cuppa screening: tickets £6 each, includes refreshments (or just £3 for the film only). Box office: 01324 506850. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – WALK: ROMAN FALKIRK. Join John Walker from the Stentmaisters group for a walk back in time through Callendar Park and back. Starts at Kemper Avenue Car Park, Falkirk (opposite the Cladhan Hotel), FK1 1UF. Starts at 2 p.m. No charge. Just turn up.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – FILM: ILLUMINATING HADRIAN’S WALL. Free film show, organised in conjunction with the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, showing community efforts to bring history to life. Introduced by Linda Tuttiett, the chief executive of the Trust – who’ll also talk about recent projects right across our “sister” World Heritage site. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, from 7.30 p.m. Free. Box office: 01324 506850. http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts Visit Hadrian’s Wall Trust at www.visithadrianswall.co.uk
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – WALK: ROMAN KINNEIL. Members of The Friends of Kinneil charity join the regular Step Forth walk in Kinneil Estate, visiting the Kinneil Roman Fortlet. Leaves from outside Kinneil Museum at 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. http://www.kinneil.org.uk
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – ARTS: PAINT A CENTURION. Paint a Roman soldier at a fun community art class. At Cowdenhill Community Centre, Grangepans, Bo’ness EH51 9JH. Admission £4, includes tea and cake. No need to book, just turn up. Starts 2 p.m. Details from Maria Ford: 01506 510629.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – TALK: THE SCOTTISH TEN. Find out about Historic Scotland’s project to digitally scan World Heritage Sites, including the Antonine Wall. Upstairs meeting room at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 7.30 p.m. Followed by light supper. Free, no need to book, just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil – http://www.kinneil.org.uk
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – WALK: FROM THE WHEEL TO ROUGHCASTLE. Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service on an autumn jaunt to Roughcastle Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall. Learn what the Romans were doing in Falkirk 2000 years ago! The walk should cover around 3.5 miles. Leaves from Falkirk Wheel entrance (Tourist Information Centre) at 10 a.m. Booking essential. Contact: 01324 504950 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book places.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – MEAL: ITALIAN NIGHT. Enjoy a three course Italian meal at the Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness. There will also be a prize raffle – and a chance to learn some Italian. Tickets priced £15 each from the venue. (Tel: 01506 825307). 7 p.m. start. (The Corbie Inn is also doing other Italian specials during Big Roman Week. See venue for details.) http://www.corbieinn.co.uk
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – TALK: ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN FALKIRK DISTRICT DURING 2012/2013. Geoff Bailey gives his annual round-up to members of Falkirk Local History Society. He’ll discuss recent excavations (including Roman finds) – as well as the early church at Larbert and local canals. Church Hall at Falkirk Old & St Modan’s Church, Manse Place, Falkirk, FK1 1JN. Starts 7.30 p.m. Entry free. Just turn up. http://www.falkirklocalhistorysociety.co.uk
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – TALK: MUMRILLS ROMAN FORT: RAMPARTS, GATES AND SENTINELS. Find out about the fort near Laurieston from historian Geoff Bailey. Upstairs meeting room at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 2 p.m. Please get a free ticket in advance from the library. http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – ARTS: IN THE FRAME – THE ANTONINE WALL … Acclaimed photographer Jeremy-Sutton Hibbert, founder of the Document Scotland photography collective, shows some of the amazing images he’s captured along the Antonine Wall. Upstairs meeting room at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 7.30 p.m. Followed by light supper. Free, no need to book, just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil – http://www.documentscotland.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – FAMILY EVENT: MEET A ROMAN AT THE LIBRARY. Come to the Library and meet a Roman soldier. A costumed interpreter will be on hand to demonstrate Roman costume, weapons and lifestyle. Suitable for ages six and over. (Feel free to come dressed as a Roman too!) At Bo’ness Library from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and Bonnybridge Library from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The events are free: get a ticket in advance from the libraries to reserve your places. http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – FAMILY EVENT: ROMAN ENCAMPMENT - Beside Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR. Come and meet members of the Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard. Dress up as a Roman and try fun events, supported by Falkirk Council’s Community Learning team. Check out the table-top Roman War Games. Or pop into Kinneil Museum to find out about the Antonine Wall. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No need to book. Just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – FILM: POMPEII LIVE ENCORE (12A). Another chance to see this amazing broadcast, originally transmitted live earlier this year, giving visitors a unique view of the British Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. With contributions from a range of experts, including historian Mary Beard. Please note: notwithstanding the advisory of 12A this screening includes explicit sexual content and graphic sexual language which some people might find offensive. Please email email@example.com or contact the box office if you would like more information on the content. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 2.30 p.m. Tickets £6 (£4.55 concessions). Box office: 01324 506850. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – WALK THE WALL: KINNEIL TO POLMONT. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a guided walk along the line of the Antonine Wall: from Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, to Polmont. Approx 3 miles (with free shuttle bus back). Leaves from outside Kinneil Museum at 2 p.m. No need to book, just turn up. The Museum will also be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day. (Admission free.) Organised by The Friends of Kinneil. http://www.kinneil.org.uk
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – EVENT: THE GREAT ROMAN COOK OFF. Roman food expert John Crouch cooks up authentic frontier fare to round off the Big Roman Week. Join John and The Friends of Kinneil at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness, EH51 0DP. No need to book, just turn up. Free. 7 p.m. start. http://j.mp/johncrouch