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Final call for input to Antonine Wall Public Consultation

6 June 2013

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs will today attend an event at Parliament celebrating the work of the Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard in promoting Scotland’s Roman heritage. The group will give a talk and screen a film, The Mark of Rome, about the Bridgeness Slab project in Bo’ness.

They will be joined by members of the Bo’ness Community Council, who undertook the project which saw the creation of a full-size replica of the Bridgeness Slab, a legionary tablet commemorating the construction of the easternmost section of the Antonine Wall. The slab was discovered in Bo'ness in 1868 and the replica was unveiled late last year.

The event comes as the 12-week public consultation on a new five-year Management Plan for the Antonine Wall enters its final stages. Communities along the Wall are being encouraged to have their say before the consultation draws to a close on 28 June 2013. The plan, to be implemented for 2014-19, is intended for adoption by the end of 2013.

Led by Historic Scotland and the five local authorities through which the Wall runs, the consultation seeks to encourage communities and all interested parties to comment on the Draft Management Plan for the World Heritage Site (WHS). The plan has been drawn up following a series of stakeholder workshops and public sessions at the end of last year. The draft sets out the vision and key objectives for the management, conservation, promotion and interpretation of the Wall over the coming five-year period.

The 60-kilometre Antonine Wall became a World Heritage Site in 2008 and joined the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, alongside Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes. The Wall stretches from Bo’ness on the River Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde.

Since its inscription as a WHS, significant progress has been made to protect and promote the Wall. 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 projects and strategies to ensure the social, cultural and economic potential of the Antonine Wall is maximised in their local areas.

The next five year plan aims to build on that and continue the momentum that has been created.  The draft plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antonineconsultation  and comments can be submitted via hs.awconsultations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Patricia Weeks, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Antonine Guard work tirelessly to promote and celebrate Scotland’s Roman heritage. As the consultation on the five-year management plan for the Antonine Wall reaches an end, their input and that of the communities along the Wall and other interested parties is invaluable. There is still time to take part in the consultation and I would encourage anyone interested in the future of this World Heritage Site to do so, as input from stakeholders will play a big role in shaping the management of the Wall over the next five years.”

Further information on the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site can be found at: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antoninewall

Notes for editors:

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