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Thirty year vision for the future of the Antonine Wall

5 December 2013

A new five year plan for the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site has been launched today (Thursday, 5th December 2013),  providing a framework for the management, conservation, promotion and interpretation of the Wall from 2014-19.

The Management Plan was widely consulted on during its development and includes many actions requested by local groups, community councils and others.

The plan initially sets out a 30 year vision for the site which will build upon the significant progress that has been made to protect and promote it since nomination as a World Heritage Site in 2008 .   As well as ensuring that the Antonine Wall is suitably managed to safeguard its Outstanding Universal Value, this seeks to establish the Wall as a world class visitor experience and a focus to realise sustainable benefits economically, socially and environmentally for locals and visitors alike.  

From this vision,  a number of shorter term goals for the next five years are drawn out. These include: strengthening local, national and international partnerships; increasing the provision of digital resources, including a new website; improving signage, paths and interpretation and strengthening links between museum collections and physical sites.

The Partners who deliver the Management Plan – Historic Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council – have been working jointly to deliver collaborative projects but also individually to  ensure the social, cultural and economic potential of the Wall is realised in their local areas.  

The new five-year Plan includes actions to build and expand this partnership working, and to extend it to projects involving Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes.

The 60 kilometre long Antonine Wall became a World Heritage Site in 2008 and joined the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, alongside Hadrian’s Wall (inscribed in 1987)  and the German Limes (inscribed in 2005).  The Wall stretches from Bo’ness on the River Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde.  When it was built, in the years following AD 142, it was the most complex frontier ever constructed by the Roman Army.

The Antonine Wall is one of five World Heritage Sites in Scotland along with St Kilda, New Lanark, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

Further information on the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site can be found at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antoninewall and the Management Plan is available to download www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antonine-wall-management-plan-2014-19.pdf

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:  

“The Antonine Wall is a site that has international recognition as part of a serial transnational World Heritage Site.  This plan will allow valuable opportunities in the areas of learning, tourism and research to be advanced.  Strong partnership working around site management and conservation are being developed by the Partners and I look forward to seeing this approach continuing over the next five years.

“The Antonine Wall is enjoyed and appreciated by many individuals and groups, not only within Scotland, but nationally and internationally. The actions and ambitions set out in this Management Plan will help to improve their experiences of, and engagement with, the World Heritage Site for the next five years.

Patricia Weeks, The Antonine Wall World Heritage Site Co-ordinator said:  

“This Management Plan has been developed after an extensive period of public consultation and has been structured to ensure that benefits for local, national and international communities continue to be prioritised.   

I hope that those organisations, communities and individuals who have contributed to the development of this Plan continue to be involved in the delivery of the objectives and actions outlined in it, ensuring that we preserve and make the most  of this unique and truly wonderful site. “

Notes to editors:

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