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 16-24, 2017 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.
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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
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – 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, and more. 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) Get updates at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – THE ANTONINE WALL COMMUNITY CONFERENCE. Community representatives join Roman experts for a conference about the World Heritage Site. 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. Online booking will be available soon. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil in association with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust.
Problems? Call 01506 823714.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – 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 17 – WALK THE WALL: BO’NESS TO CARRIDEN ROMAN FORT. Post conference event. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a walk from Bo’ness town centre, along the John Muir Way, to Carriden Roman Fort. Ending at the Bridgeness Slab replica on Harbour Road. Leaves outside Bo’ness Library at Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH at 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. Organised by Falkirk Community Trust in association with The Friends of Kinneil. www.kinneil.org.uk
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – THE EMPEROR’S BIRTHDAY!
THIS SITE IS BEING RE-ORGANISED FOR THE 2017 EVENT. FULL LISTINGS FOR THE 2017 EVENT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY AUGUST.