Celebrating Romans in Scotland and the Antonine Wall

A celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the inscription of an ancient Roman landmark in Scotland will take place next month.

The Resdiscovering the Antonine Wall project organised the event to promote the site’s fascinating history and celebrate the ongoing involvement of the communities along the Wall.

The community conference, which is being led by West Dunbartonshire Council in partnership with Glasgow City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Falkirk Council and Historic Environment Scotland, is taking place on Saturday 29 September.

The free conference will see a range of academic and community speakers talk about the unique history of the World Heritage Site.
Attendees will also be offered optional guided tour of particular parts of the wall.

Councillor Jim Finn, convener of planning at West Dunbartonshire, said: ‘The Antonine Wall is such an amazing attraction to have on our doorstep and we hope this conference encourages residents to take full advantage of that.

‘It is one of just a handful of World Heritage Sites we have in Scotland and the conference will be a rare opportunity to get expert insight into its rich history.’

Last year, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £97,000 to the project, and a range of improvements were planned.

They included five new replica distance slabs (similar to that in Bridgeness, Falkirk); new interpretive play spaces with themed equipment merged with digital content to create exciting new learning environments; a series of arts/performance events designed and delivered by local communities; and the recruiting of a ‘21st century Legion’ to help promote the Antonine Wall in local areas.

The event will take place at Glenskirlie House and Castle in Banknock, near Falkirk.

Registration is from 9.15am with the conference starting at 10am. Optional tours and afternoon workshops will finish at 5pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The conference is free to attend, however booking is required.