Firms trading near the historic turf and stone frontier – built around 142 AD on the orders of Emperor Antoninus Pius - are being encouraged to take part in an online survey. The survey hopes to identify current and future potential activity associated with the wall that can enhance its social and economic contribution.
Businesses keen to take part should click: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Antonine_Wall
Today 80,000 people live close to the wall and there are 3,300 businesses employing 32,500 people in the immediate area. While manufacturing and wholesale/retail are the main employment sectors, tourism is only a small part of current employment at around 10 per cent.
The Falkirk Council area boasts around a third of the line of the Wall – and two of the five museums promoting the Wall: Kinneil in Bo’ness and Callendar House in Falkirk. The area also boasts highly visible stretches of the Wall at Rough Castle, near the Falkirk Wheel; Seabegs Woods, near Bonnybridge; Watling Lodge at Tamfourhill and at Callendar Park in Falkirk. There are also the remains of a Roman fortlet on view at Kinneil and a replica of a Roman distance tablet at Bridgeness, Bo’ness.
The Antonine Wall is part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. As the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire, it is 39 miles long.
The wall runs through five central Scotland local authority areas (West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk) crossing urban and rural areas. These five councils, together with Historic Scotland, are the partners that manage and promote the wall. To find out more, click www.antoninewall.org