Posted on: 04/09/2014
The sixth Big Roman Week kicks off on Saturday, September 13 and runs until Sunday, September 21.
Walks, talks, family events, a film show and art activities have all been lined to get local people to explore “their Roman roots” and appreciate local history. Organisers had so much to cram into the schedule – they’ve extended the “Week” to nine days to fit in all the activities. The Week coincides with the birthday of Emperor Antoninus Pius (born 19 September, 86 AD) – the Roman leader who ordered the construction of the Antonine Wall. This year the main events are in Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Polmont and Bo’ness. Organisers The Friends of Kinneil have joined forces with a range of bodies, including Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council to run the festival.
Highlights will include: talks by archaeologists and history experts – including one of the “Scottish Ten” team, digitally scanning the Antonine Wall for Historic Scotland; guided walks to Roman sites; arts and crafts events for children in local libraries; a Roman encampment at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness – with fun events for children; and a link-up with Doors Open Days to explore Kinneil House and Watling Lodge.
Full details are now online at http://www.bigromanweek.org.uk (link is external) You can also get updates via the Friends of Kinneil’s social media channels: http://www.fb.com/kinneil (link is external)and http://www.twitter.com/kinneil