Big Roman Week returns this September

romans11Big Roman Week – central Scotland’s annual heritage festival – returns this September.

Walks, talks and family events are planned to encourage people to find out more about the Roman Antonine Wall, which runs right through central Scotland.

The fun kicks off on Saturday, September 15. Launch day events will include a Big Roman Day at Kinneil Estate as well as tours of Kinneil House. More details nearer the time.

Other events will include:

  • a talk on the latest archaeological research in Bo’ness Library;
  • events and displays at libraries and museums across the Falkirk Council area; and
  • walks to Roman sites along the Antonine Wall – to Kinneil, Bo’ness; and from Twechar to Kirkintilloch, continuing a trek from the east end of the Wall.

The festival will run until Sunday, September 23. Many events, although not all, will be free of charge.

This year, Falkirk Community Trust will be co-ordinating the Festival. Visit the Trust website for more details. 

The Antonine Wall is Scotland’s most important Roman monument and in 2008 was inscribed as a World Heritage Site. The festival coincides with the birthday of the Emperor, Antoninus Pius, responsible for commissioning the Wall. He was born on September 19, in the year 86 AD.

We’ll link to the full programme when it’s launched later in August.