History fans are being invited to a mini-conference about the Roman Antonine Wall.
The event takes place in the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness this Sunday, Sept 18, from 10 a.m. A spokesman for the organisers said: “This free event is for anyone in the community interested in the Antonine Wall and Roman heritage in the area.”
To book a free place click: http://j.mp/aw-conf
You can also call 01506 823714.
The event has been organised by The Friends of Kinneil charity in association with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust.
The conference speakers will be:
- Cllr Adrian Mahoney, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Falkirk Council. Adrian has led on heritage within Falkirk Council for the past nine years. A confirmed Roman fan, he was instrumental in setting up the Big Roman Week festival.
- Professor David Breeze, formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland. He led the team which successfully nominated the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
- Steve Farrar of Historic Environment Scotland. He’ll be talking about new interpretation along the Antonine Wall.
- Dr Fraser Hunter, of National Museums Scotland. Fraser is principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections at NMS. He recently presented “Scotland: Rome’s Final Frontier” on BBC TV.
- Mark Smillie, Central Scotland Green Network Trust. Mark will be talking about the John Muir Way which runs past a number of the sites along the Antonine Wall.
- Hannelore Stuckert M.A., Provincial Roman Archeologist, Education officer in Museum Schloss Fechenbach, Germany. Hannelore grew up in Odenwald, the area of Germany twinned with Falkirk District. She’ll be talking about the Roman frontier – or Limes – in Germany.
- Nick Hannon, an experienced field archaeologist currently studying for a PhD co-funded by Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic Environment Scotland.
The conference doors will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 18, 2016. The cafe area will be open, selling hot drinks. The event will formally start starts at 10.30 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m. Please note: the event is aimed at general public as well as partners, academics and anyone interested in the Wall.
Big Roman Week will continue with an optional history walk for delegates – and for any speakers who wish to join us – leaving from Bo’ness Library at 2 p.m. and walking to Kinneil Roman Fortlet via Kinneil Museum.