Historic Environment Scotland and five local authorities are set to host consultation sessions at the end of January and beginning of February for members of the community to help shape the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic heritage sites, the Antonine Wall.
The Antonine Wall is one of Scotland's six World Heritage Sites. UNESCO, which awards the World Heritage status to sites of outstanding universal value, requires each site to have a management plan. The management plan provides a shared framework for the conservation, management and enhancement of the site. It is developed by Historic Environment Scotland in collaboration with the five council areas that the Antonine Wall crosses: East Dunbartonshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, and North Lanarkshire Council.
Those attending the consultation session will be asked their views on the future management and contribution of the Antonine Wall, focussing on the core themes of access, community engagement, tourism, and regeneration. Initiatives will be suggested to improve access to the Wall for locals and communities, particularly groups who face barriers currently. There will also be discussions on potential creative projects and events along the Wall, and increased use of exhibition and interpretation spaces.
The management plan will also build on the award-winning 'Rediscovering the Antonine Wall' project, which ran for five years before concluding in spring 2023.
Residents interested in attending a community consultation session can reserve a space on Eventbrite.
Riona McMorrow, Deputy Head of World Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, said:
Scotland's six World Heritage Sites are among the most precious parts of our historic environment, and the Antonine Wall is no exception. We wish to make the Antonine Wall a source of inspiration, wellbeing and creativity for visitors and residents, while also preserving it for future generations to enjoy.
"We hope that anyone with an investment in the future of this hugely important heritage site will come along to our community session. Alongside this, we will also be doing further online engagement later in the spring, to ensure we hear from as many people as possible."
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