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 Big Roman Week. From September 17-25, 2016 AD.
Some events – but not all – are free of charge. Check if you need to book a place (or get tickets in advance). See individual listings for details. Please note this is a draft programme and may be subject to late changes and additions.
ALL WEEK – ROMAN DISPLAYS in Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH and Bonnybridge Library, Bridge St, Bonnybridge FK4 1AD. 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 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
ALL WEEK – FREE FILM SHOW: “THE MARK OF ROME”. How one of Britain’s best Roman finds was copied using hi-tech tools, and re-installed close to where it was found in Bo’ness. Edited version. Running time 25 minutes. Showing on demand, during opening hours, at Kinneil Museum, Bo’ness (open every afternoon, except Tuesdays, from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; admission free.) www.kinneil.org.uk
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – FAMILY EVENT: CHATTERBOOKS AUTHOR VISIT. Keith Brumpton is the author of the hilarious “Rome and Away” series of children’s books. The books are based in ancient Britain and surround a mystery gang trying to sabotage the Gladiator Games. It’s down to Antonius Pantonius, private detective, and his side-kick, Cora Decorum, to go undercover and track down the culprits. Hear more about the books and meet the author at this fun free event, repeated in Grangemouth later. For children aged 7-12 years. From 11 a.m. to noon. Meadowbank Library, Stevenson Avenue, Polmont, FK2 0GU. Free, just turn up. Contact Meadowbank on 01324 503870. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – FAMILY EVENT: CHATTERBOOKS AUTHOR VISIT. Keith Brumpton, the author of the hilarious Rome and Away series of children’s books, goes “Roman” in the district and ends up in Grangemouth. This great event is suitable for children aged 7-12 years. From 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Grangemouth Library, Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AG. Free, just turn up. Contact the library on 01324 504690.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – FAMILY EVENT: BIG ROMAN DAY AT KINNEIL. Historic Kinneil House, built next to the Antonine Wall, is open for free tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) There will also be a family fun day in the surrounding Kinneil Estate, including a Roman encampment starring the Antonine Guard re-enactment group, dressing up for children, orchard and craft events. Kinneil Museum will also be open. Free, just turn up (children must be accompanied by an adult). Use the postcode EH51 0PR. The Friends of Kinneil, Historic Environment Scotland, Falkirk Community Trust and partners. http://www.kinneil.org.uk (Part of Doors Open Days in Falkirk district http://j.mp/dod-falkirk) Get updates at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17– FILM: ROMAN HOLIDAY (U). Escape to the eternal city of Rome in this award-winning movie, screened in Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema. An adventure-seeking princess (Audrey Hepburn), on an official visit to Rome, gives the slip to her guardians to explore the city with a brash newspaper man, played by Gregory Peck. Cue romance. The winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Hepburn. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 2.30 p.m. Tickets: £6.60 (£5 conc.) . Box Office: 01324 506850 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – THE ANTONINE WALL COMMUNITY CONFERENCE. Community representatives join Roman experts for a conference about the World Heritage Site. Key speakers include leading Roman expert Dr David Breeze, formerly of Historic Scotland, and National Museums of Scotland’s Dr Fraser Hunter. At Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA. Conference begins at 10.30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 10 a.m. The café pod will be open to sell food and drinks. The conference is free to attend, but tickets must be booked in advance through the link below. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil in association with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust.
Book FREE places at the conference here. Problems? Call 01506 823714.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – THE ANTONINE WALL RECEPTION. Conference guests and delegates are welcome to join The Friends of Kinneil and Bo’ness Community Council for a chat and some refreshments at a reception after the conference. Upstairs at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness from 1-2 p.m. Open to conference ticket holders.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – WALK THE WALL: BO’NESS TO KINNEIL ROMAN FORTLET. Post conference event. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a walk from Bo’ness town centre, along the John Muir Way, to Kinneil’s Roman Fortlet (via Kinneil Museum). Leaves outside Bo’ness Library at Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH at 2 p.m. Around 2.5 miles each way. Free. No need to book, just turn up. Organised by Falkirk Community Trust in association with The Friends of Kinneil. www.kinneil.org.uk
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – FILM: ROMAN HOLIDAY (U). If the walk above is not for you; you can stay in town and watch this Academy-award-winning movie, starring Audrey Hepburn. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 2.30 p.m. Tickets: £6.60 (£5 conc.). Box Office: 01324 506850 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – THE EMPEROR’S BIRTHDAY!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – TALK: THE LIMES, THE ROMAN FRONTIER IN GERMANY. Hannelore Stuckert M.A., Provincial Roman Archeologist and Education officer in Museum Schloss Fechenbach, south of Frankfurt, Germany, talks about the Romans in mainland Europe. Hannelore was born in Regensburg and raised in Odenwald, the area of Germany twinned with Falkirk District. At Bonnybridge Library, Bridge St, Bonnybridge, FK4 1AD, 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – WALK THE WALL: POLMONT WOODS. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey and one of Falkirk Council’s Rangers for a trek around the Antonine Wall in Polmont Woods. The walk will end with a search for bats! Meet at 7 p.m. at Woods car park, Smiddy Brae, Polmont. Free, but please book places in advance. Call 01324 504950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your places. Wear waterproof clothes and bring a torch. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Organised by Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – TALK: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE ANTONINE WALL? Exploring the post-Roman use of the monument. Rather than become a barrier, the Antonine Wall became a spine of communications across central Scotland. A monastery and village were set up at Kinneil, Bo’ness.Thane’s Hall was established at Callendar Park, Falkirk. The Wall site also saw the establishment of the town of Falkirk itself (which celebrates the monument on its coat of arms). Historian Geoff Bailey will explain all in this free afternoon talk. No need to book, just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil in association with Falkirk Community Trust. At Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, from 2 p.m. The Friends will be selling teas and coffees and snacks at this event – however, admission is free. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY. Parents and pupils at Easter Carmuirs Primary School in Camelon take part in a community dig to find traces of the Roman temporary camp in the area. From around 10 a.m. If you’d like to join the dig (even just for a short time) contact Geoff Bailey at Falkirk Community Trust in advance: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – STORYTIME EVENT FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN. There will be Roman-themed stories and craft activities. Free, just turn up. No booking required. 10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk, FK1 5AU. Call the Library on 01324 506800. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – TALK: THE LIMES, THE ROMAN FRONTIER IN GERMANY. Hannelore Stuckert M.A., Provincial Roman Archeologist and Education officer in Museum Schloss Fechenbach, south of Frankfurt, Germany, talks about the Romans in mainland Europe. Hannelore was born in Regensburg and raised in Odenwald, the area of Germany twinned with Falkirk District. At Falkirk Library, Hope St, Falkirk FK1 5AU, 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. Talk repeated from Bonnybridge Library on Monday.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – TALK – RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK IN FALKIRK DISTRICT. Join a free talk about the latest excavations and research on the Antonine Wall. Hosted by Falkirk Local History Society. At the Trinity Church (the former Falkirk Old Parish Church) in the heart of Falkirk town centre, from 7.30 p.m. No need to book; just turn up. www.falkirklocalhistorysociety.co.uk
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – ROMAN CHATTERBOOKS EVENT. Children aged 7-12 years can enjoy this Roman-themed craft and storytelling session. From 4 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. At Larbert Library, 22 Hallam Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5 3BF. Telephone 01324 503590. Free, just turn up. No booking required. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – ITALIAN NIGHT. Enjoy a three-course Italian meal for just £17.50 a head. At the Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness, EH51 0AS, from 7 p.m. Book via the venue, tel. 01506 825307. The meal will be followed by a talk by Dr Lyn Wilson, one of the key experts involved in the Scottish Ten project, which has been digitally scanning the Antonine Wall. Full menu will be available soon at www.bigromanweek.org.uk
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – ROMAN COOKING. Chef John Crouch, seen on Robson Green’s “Tales from Northumberland”, cooks up some authentic Roman food. There will also be some modern day nibbles. From 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Church Hall, off Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness, EH51 0DP. No need to book, just turn up. Admission will be free (although attendees are asked to give a small donation at the door to The Friends of Kinneil to cover costs.) Organised by The Friends of Kinneil with support from NHS Forth Valley. www.kinneil.org.uk
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – CRAFT SESSION. Fun event for children aged 5-10 years. At Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Tickets, priced £2 each, are available from the venue. Contact Bo’ness Library on 01506 778520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – ROMAN CHATTERBOOKS EVENT. Roman-themed craft and storytelling session, suitable for children aged 7-12 years. Free. No booking required. At Bonnybridge Library, Bridge St, Bonnybridge FK4 1AD, from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Contact Bonnybridge Library on 01324 503295. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – ROMAN COOKERY AT KINNEIL. Roman cookery expert John Crouch cooks up some Roman food for visitors. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR. Free. No need to book, just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil with support from NHS Forth Valley. www.kinneil.org.uk/attractions
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – WALK THE WALL: FROM THE CASTLECARY ROMAN FORT TO DULLATUR. The final event. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a guided walk along the line of the Antonine Wall: leaving the site of Castlecary Roman Fort, near the village of Allandale, heading towards the village of Castlecary in North Lanarkshire. The walk will go along the World Heritage Site, through the Westerwood Golf Course, and on to Dullatur. Returning by the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath. The round trip will be around 9 miles. This is a more demanding walk, over rough ground; it is not suitable for small children or those with walking difficulties. No need to book, just turn up. Meet at the Castlecary Fort Site at 2 p.m. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
Map to Castlecary Roman Fort site, by Allandale. Off the B816 to the West of Allandale.
** Please note that distances for walks are approximate.
Please wear suitable clothing – preparing for all weathers – and good footwear. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer return transport back to venues. For information on buses to and from venues try http://www.travelinescotland.com