17 September 2021
Resdiscovering the Antonine Wall project highlighted for its outstanding contribution to European Archeological Heritage
By Lucy Ashton
The Antonine Wall project at Old Kilpatriock, which aims to promote the rich history of the UNESCO World Heritage site was given an Honorary Mention in this year’s prestigious European Archeological Heritage Prize.
As part of the award, the project team will now receive a diploma for the institutional category, which rewards local, regional, national or international initiatives which contribute to the preservation and presentation of European archaeological heritage beyond the normal duties of the institution.
The Antonine Wall marked the most northerly point of the Roman Empire and Council areas it passes through – West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk –joined forces with Historic Environment Scotland to bring its fascinating story back to life.
The £2.1million project aims to improve awareness of and engagement with the site among local communities along the line of the Wall and with visitors from further afield.
Roman themed play parks, designed with local schoolchildren, have been created at sites near to the Wall so children and young people can explore and play while finding out about its history. Replica stone distance slabs and specially designed sculptures have also been installed along its length, and new ways of enabling people to reach the sites are being trialed.
Councillor Diane Docherty, Antonine Wall ambassador at West Dunbartonshire Council, said: “This recognition is well deserved as I know the team work extremely hard to make this site accessible and engaging for residents and visitors, thereby bringing the history and heritage of the Antonine Wall to life. Well done to everyone involved.”
Emma McMullen, Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project manager, said: “The Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project has established innovative approaches to engaging communities with their local heritage over the last two years, and the team is delighted that the project has been recognised for its contribution to European archeological heritage.”