Pius date for Roman Week

Re-enactments are a colourful part of the annual Big Roman Week festival.
Re-enactments are a colourful part of the annual Big Roman Week festival.

The sixth Big Roman Week this year coincides with the birthday of Emperor Antoninus Pius, the Roman leader behind the construction of the Antonine Wall.

The man who ordered its construction was born on September 19 in 86AD.

The Antonine Wall is an important part of Bo’ness and Falkirk district’s history; it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

The Friends of Kinneil have again collaborated with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust to organise the festival, which begins on Saturday, September 13.

This year’s event commences with talks in Bo’ness Library, followed by a film show of the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Hippodrome Cinema.

Part of the programme comprises talks by archaeologists and history experts about the project to digitally scan Antonine’s Wall.

As well as the serious stuff, there is a host of fun activities for young and old at locations along the wall.

There are guided walks to well-known Roman sites at Rough Castle, Callendar Park and Kinneil; children’s events in Bo’ness, Bonnybridge and Meadowbank libraries as well as a Roman encampment at Kinneil Estate.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council tourism spokesman, said: “Big Roman Week is an annual fixture in the area’s calendar.

“It aims to make people more aware of the Antonine Wall and to help people discover history on their doorstep.”

For more information go online at www.bigromanweek.org.uk