New photography exhibition in Callendar House highlights links between Palestine and the Antonine Wall

The exhibition in Callendar House has toured around Scotland and Palestine
The exhibition in Callendar House has toured around Scotland and Palestine

A new exhibit hopes to open people’s minds to the use of walls to divide communities, both in the past and the present.

A scroll and photographs are now on display at Callendar House which link the Antonine Wall to the walls that currently divide Palestine and Israel.

The Antonine Friendship Scroll was designed by artist Susan French in 2004 and has been displayed around the country, including at the Scottish Parliament.

The scroll was commissioned to celebrate the link between Falkirk and Jayyous in Palestine’s West Bank thanks to local group Antonine Friendship Link.

They aim to support and raise awareness and funds for those living in the town at the Palestine Wall.

The art work will be displayed along with pictures taken from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and of the Peace Wall that still divides parts of Northern Ireland today.

Peter Stott, team leader in heritage at Falkirk Community Trust said the exhibit is small, but very significant.

“Falkirk has a famous Roman wall, which can be seen from Callendar House, that brings visitors to the area but we are showing the other side to the wall.

“It was a military defence and involved slavery, so I’m sure the people living here when it was built didn’t celebrate it. It would not have been thought of as a positive thing then.”

Peter continued: “Walls have been used through the centuries to divide communities but we are looking at more recent examples, like Berlin and Belfast, and comparing them to the Palestine/Israel one.

“We aren’t taking sides, that isn’t our place, but we are just trying to show how communities have been divided in recent history.

“We hope people will leave with a different view of what the Antonine Wall was actually used for and think of the 
Palestine Wall in a new light.”

The display will be on the first floor of Callendar House until later in the year.

Entry is free and the museum is open seven days a week.