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OBE For Champion Of The Antonine Wall

26 June 2009

David Breeze, the driving force behind the successful bid for the Antonine Wall to be granted World Heritage Site status, has been awarded an OBE.

Dr Breeze, who works for Historic Scotland, is a renowned expert on the history, archaeology and conservation of the all – which once formed the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

The award was announced in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list and is an acknowledgement of his contribution to the protection of Scotland’s heritage as the country’s Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments from 1985-2005.

Dr Breeze said: “I am delighted by this award and the recognition it shows for the importance of caring for Scotland’s magnificent cultural heritage.”

In 2005 he changed roles and took responsibility for preparing the bid which was used by UNESCO to decide whether the all should be made a World Heritage Site, marking it out as a site of outstanding significance in human history.

This not only involved preparing the bid, but putting together a management plan for the 60km monument in conjunction with local authorities and other interested groups.

Dr Breeze, who is an honorary professor of archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, also worked to raise public awareness of the all through lectures and publications.

The bid was accepted a year ago and Dr Breeze is now the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, striving to improve public access and information.

“Many people know a lot less about the Antonine Wall than Hadrian’s Wall, even though it was of tremendous importance as the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD, so we are working to raise its profile.

“This will be a long and slow process but better access and interpretation will provide the bedrock.”

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

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