Kinneil Museum evening event in Bo’ness

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KINNEIL Museum in Bo’ness is opening its doors on the night of Friday, May 18 - and you’re invited to come along.

The event is part of a Scottish-wide Festival of Museums, co-ordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland, and the UK-wide Museums at Night initiative.

Drop in to Kinneil any time between 6pm and 9pm and enjoy entertainment and activities.

You’ll have the chance to:

* meet members of the Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard and pose for photos;

* tour the surrounding historic Kinneil Estate - on two guided evening walks with historian Ian Scott;

* enjoy music from members of UNISON Kinneil Band;

* pick-up free history goodie bags (subject to availability); and

* see the displays and attractions in the recently-revitalised museum.

The event has been organised by the charity The Friends of Kinneil, with support from Falkirk Community Trust, and funding from Museums Galleries Scotland as part of the Festival of Museums.

Maria Ford from the Friends said: “It should be a great evening, offering something for everyone.

“We’re delighted Ian Scott has agreed to take people around the surrounding Kinneil Estate as part of the Night at Kinneil Museum.

“The estate is packed with history, including the impressive mansion Kinneil House, the ruins of a medieval church and the workshop once used by inventor James Watt.

“Kinneil Estate also features part of the Roman Antonine Wall.

“Our friends in the Antonine Guard, a Roman re-enactment group, are coming along in Roman gear, so make sure you bring your cameras for a souvenir photo.

“There are also lots of Roman things to see inside the museum itself.”

Mr Scott’s tours will leave outside the museum at 7pm and 8pm.

No booking is required, although children should be supervised and all walkers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing. In the event of wet weather, the walk may be re-scheduled.

The Friends will also be giving out 250 goodie bags, packed with local information, sweets and treats and Kinneil postcards.

It’s first-come, first served - with giveaways for adults and children.

A big thank-you goes to LIDL, Spar, Farmfoods, Tesco and Scottish Fine Soaps for helping to provide additional treats for visitors.

To find out more, visit www.kinneil.org.uk/night