Going big on the Romans in Falkirk

Big Roman Week is underway
Big Roman Week is underway
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People will be able to discover all about the Romans over the coming week and what their presence and legacy did for the Falkirk area.

After four years of marking the impact of Roman culture on the area, Friends of Kinneil, with support from Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, has put together its biggest Big Roman Week yet.

Starting on Saturday, events include guided tours of Roman sites, film shows, talks from eminent historians and a myriad of marvellous family activities.

Councillor Adrian 
Mahoney, Falkirk Council tourism spokesman, has been helping organise the week, which actually runs for nine days due to the large number of events it includes.

He said: “There is sure to be something for everyone and many of the events are free of charge, so I would encourage people to come along, enjoy the fun and learn a bit about local history.”

Big Roman Week coincides with the birthday of Emperor Antonius Pius, born September 19, 86 AD, who ordered the construction of the Antonine Wall, which stretches from Bo’ness across Falkirk to Old Kilpatrick in Glasgow.

The landmark, which became a world heritage site in 2008, plays a major part in Big Roman Week and is the subject of a photographic exhibit in Bo’ness Library, by acclaimed artist Jeremy Sutton Hibbert on Friday, September 20, and Walk the Wall tours led by archaeologist Geoff Bailey on Sunday, September 15 and 22.

Other highlights for 2013 include: A Roman crafts day at Bonnybridge Library (Saturday, September 20); a Roman Experience, giving participants the chance to become a Roman Centurion, in Callendar House (Sunday, September 15); A screening of the hysterical historical film ‘Carry On Cleo’ at Bo’ness Hippodrome (Monday, September 16); Italian cuisine night at the Corbie Inn, Bo’ness (Wednesday, September 18); and an actual Roman Encampment at Kinneil Estate (Saturday, September 21).

Falkirk’s Antonine Friendship Link, which works to help people in the Palestine community of Jayyous, is staging a screening of Jon Pullman’s film ‘Children in Chains’ on Sunday at 7 for 7.30 p.m. in Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church. There is an 
interview with the film maker on page 30.

For more information about the week’s events visit www.bigromanweek.org.uk.