What Roman Week will do for us...

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It’s toga time again - the annual Big Roman Week begins next Saturday, September 14.

A series of events is scheduled, ranging from the Roman display in Bo’ness library, which runs throughout the week, to a Roman-style cook-off on Sunday, September 22, where expert John Crouch cooks up authentic frontier fare.

This takes place at St Mary’s Church Hall. Entry is free and the event starts at 7pm.

Other highlights will include: talks by archaeologists and history experts; guided walks to Roman sites, including the Rough Castle Roman Fort, near Bonnybridge and Kinneil Forlet, Bo’ness; film shows – including an encore screening of Pompeii Live (originally screened around the UK in June); and a film and talk about Hadrian’s Wall.

The English Roman wall is part of the same Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site as the Antonine Wall.

Big Roman Week marks the birthday of the Emporer Antoninus Pius (born September 19 86AD) who built the Roman frontier, the Antonine Wall, across what is now the Falkirk area.

The festival is co-ordinated by the Friends of Kinneil charity, with support from a number of partners.

Maria Ford of the Friends of Kinneil said: ‘‘Great events have been organised to help you explore and appreciate local history.

‘‘The programme includes walks, talks, film shows and family events. Many events this year are free of charge, although you may have to book places in advance.

‘‘For 2013, we are are particularly grateful to Falkirk Council for providing core funding to allow the festival to go ahead. Other partners have also given help in kind and cash,’’ she said.

For more details, go to www.bigromanweek.org.uk