Posted by: ed | October 20, 2017

Discover the secrets of Kinneil House

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Come along to the Bo’ness Hippodrome on November 19, 2017, and join The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland for a unique chance to hear all about the latest research into Kinneil House.

Book your free tickets here

Archaeologists and historians have been working together, delving into documents and surveying the building. Together they can shed more light on Kinneil than ever before and paint a picture of how it was in its heyday in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Our special event kicks off at 10 a.m. on November 19, in the historic Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness town centre. The café-bar will be open for refreshments with the first paper/presentation at 10.30 a.m.

Book your free tickets here

At 1 p.m. the audience will move to Bo’ness Library (upstairs) for a snack lunch (included with ticket) and then some more discussions and questions (with an expected finish at 3.30 p.m.). You can attend all or part of the day.

This is a public event and we welcome anyone with an interest in Kinneil to come along. If you have queries, email: info@kinneil.org.uk or call 01506 823714. If you have special access or other requirements, please get in touch.

Book your free tickets here

The speakers will include:

  • Tom Addyman, discussing the building’s archaeology
  • Arkady Hodge, on documentary history
  • Michael Pearce, inventories/reconstructing the interior
  • Geoff Bailey, designed landscape and setting
  • Adrian Maldonado, Kinneil Cross.

Organised by Historic Environment Scotland (Charity Reg. No. SC045925) with the support of The Friends of Kinneil (Charity Reg. No. SC038368) and Falkirk Community Trust (Charity Reg. No. SC042403). For details visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk

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The Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness – the main venue for the free community conference, exploring the history of Kinneil House. (The afternoon session will continue in Bo’ness Library, upstairs.) The event is open to everyone, and tickets are free. Book clicking the link below.

Book your free tickets here

If you have queries, email: info@kinneil.org.uk or call 01506 823714. If you have special access or other requirements, please get in touch.

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Posted by: ed | October 10, 2017

Visit spooky Kinneil House on October 29

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Spooky Kinneil House in Bo’ness is opening its doors just before Hallowe’en.

The mansion, which dates back to the early 1500s, will be open for free tours on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.)

Youngsters are being urged to turn up in fancy dress. The best-dressed child will win a book token.

Volunteers from The Friends of Kinneil charity will be on hand to telling chilling tales about the building’s past. The House is said to be haunted by the ghost of a White Lady. The volunteer guides will also reveal how local people were tried for witchcraft in the Bo’ness area.

Kinneil House – which boasts its own internal gravestones (remnants from nearby Kinneil Churchyard) – was once home to the powerful Hamilton family.

The ancient building also features some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – and has links to characters such as James Watt and Mary, Queen of Scots.

The free open afternoon will be the last chance for people to see inside Kinneil House (the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate) in 2017. The Friends, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, will re-open the building again in Spring 2018 with a new series of open days.

A spokesman for The Friends said: “The old house gets quite spooky at this time of year. In fact, you never know what you might discover!

“Hallowe’en open days are always popular at Kinneil and we’re encouraging folks to come along to enjoy the seasonal fun. Children, particularly those in fancy dress, will be very welcome – with a prize for the best-dressed child. However, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The last admission this year is 3.30 p.m., so don’t be late!”

Kinneil Museum – in the grounds of the surrounding Kinneil Estate – will also be open. The museum features relics dating back to Roman times, as well video displays and hands-on exhibits. There will also be a pop-up cafe, selling drinks and snacks.

* Kinneil House, Museum, and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness, just off the A993 (Dean Road) – the main road through Bo’ness. The postcode for the site is EH51 0PR. For maps, and more information, visit www.kinneil.org.uk. You’ll also find updates on social media: www.twitter.com/kinneil and www.fb.com/kinneil

 

Posted by: ed | September 26, 2017

Free event to celebrate James Watt’s Cottage

jameswatt-panel.jpgFamilies are being invited to enter a world of invention and imagination at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

With over 800 votes, James Watt’s Cottage in Bo’ness was recently crowned as one of Scotland’s six most spectacular Hidden Gems as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

An event called “Imagine James Watt” will celebrate this win with a free day of storytelling and activities at the site.

On Saturday, September 30, Imagine James Watt will take place in the grounds of Kinneil Estate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can join interpreters playing Watt and his business partner for storytelling tours, rebuild the site in LEGO, create the cottage of the future in Minecraft or add their own thoughts and images to the Impact Wall. The neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open early to support the event.

The event has been organised by Dig It! 2017, in association with The Friends of Kinneil charity, as part of Scottish Archaeology Month.

Ian Shearer from The Friends of Kinneil said: “Our thanks to so many people who rightly recognised the significance of this little building for technology and innovation, and voted the Watt Cottage one of Scotland’s Hidden Gems. Come along to Saturday’s free event to find out more about its fascinating 250-year-old story, take part in fun activities, visit the Museum and see other historical features in Kinneil Estate’s beautiful parkland. 

“Family activities include LEGO and Minecraft – that’s a good name when you think of the area’s mining past –  and storytelling of how and why James Watt and Dr John Roebuck partnered together to develop the condensing engine in secret at Kinneil!”

The James Watt Cottage may well be the only surviving building in Scotland with a direct link to Watt’s life and work.

The partnership between this legendary engineer and Dr John Roebuck – who lived at Kinneil House – led to their patent for the separate condenser, which was used in the Watt steam engine, a key point in the Industrial Revolution.

The James Watt Cottage was used as his secluded workshop for the ongoing development of their engine and there are no better-surviving monuments to the story of their world-changing work in the 1760s.

The “Scotland in Six – Hidden Gems” campaign drew in over 12,000 votes in total and was coordinated by Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology.

To learn more about the event, visit www.kinneil.org.uk or www.facebook.com/kinneil

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Notes to Editors:

Dig It! 2017

  • Dig It! 2017 is a year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
  • Dig It! 2017 is primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.
  • For more information, visit www.digit2017.com or join the conversation using #DigIt2017

The Friends of Kinneil

  • The Friends of Kinneil charity has been set up to help promote and develop Kinneil Estate and Foreshore in Bo’ness (Charity Registration Number: SC038368).
  • For more information, please visit www.kinneil.org.uk/friends

 

Further Information
For additional details contact:
Julianne McGraw
Dig It! 2017 Communications Officer
Phone: 0131 247 4066
Email: julianne@digit2017.com

Posted by: ed | September 25, 2017

Free event: Imagine James Watt

Kinneil Estate is hosting a free event from Dig It! 2017 on Saturday, September 30 . . . run in association with The Friends of Kinneil. It celebrates inventor James Watt and his Estate Cottage workshop with fun activities for all the family.

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Who was James Watt and what happened at his cottage almost 250 years ago?

The James Watt Cottage may well be the only surviving building in Scotland with a direct link to James Watt’s life and work. The partnership between this legendary engineer and Dr John Roebuck led to their patent for the separate condenser, which was used in the Watt steam engine, a key point in the Industrial Revolution. The James Watt Cottage in Bo’ness was used as his secluded workshop for the ongoing development of their engine and there are no better-surviving monuments to the story of their world-changing work in the 1760s.

With over 800 votes, the James Watt Cottage was recently crowned as one of Scotland’s six most spectacular Hidden Gems as part of Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology. Imagine James Watt will celebrate this victory with a day of free activities and entertainment coordinated by Dig It! 2017 and the Friends of Kinneil House.

Start your visit with Macastory by following James and John to the cottage, where they’ll tell you a tale of innovation, frustration and triumph. Why did John first call on James? How does Kinneil House fit into the story? How did it end so badly for one man and so well for the other?

Use your imagination and your LEGO skills to rebuild the site as it might have looked in 1796. Was it as simple as it appears to be? What it actually ten stories high? Have the historians missed the swimming pool?

Get in touch with your inner inventor and create the cottage of the future in Minecraft with ImmersiveMinds. Has his workshop been given the high-tech treatment? Has it been turned into a massive museum? Is it surrounded by zombies and lava?

Head to the Impact Wall to explore what wouldn’t exist today if James had never had his breakthrough. Use words or artwork to add your own impact to the wall, whether it’s on an international scale or a more personal level. Would it mean that you would never have played at the cottage as a child? Can you imagine a world without cars or trains? What if he had never been inspired by that boiling kettle?

All activities are free and suitable for all ages. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Imagine James Watt is part of Scottish Archaeology Month and Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
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Date : Saturday 30 September
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Kinneil Estate, Duchess Anne Cottages, Bo’ness, United Kingdom, EH51 0PR
Cost: Free

 

Posted by: ed | September 19, 2017

Gallery: Big Roman Day 2017

Children and adults had great fun dressing up during the Big Roman Day at Kinneil House on September 16. The event was organised by The Friends of Kinneil with support from Falkirk Council, Falkirk Community Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and other partners.

Here’s a gallery of pictures from the day. Click a picture to see a larger version. Shots by Anna A Matyja.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the event. We hope you enjoyed it.

If you have feedback, get in touch. Email: info@kinneil.org.uk

Posted by: ed | September 12, 2017

Families expected to flock to Big Roman Day

romans11ROMANS will arrive at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness on Saturday (September 16, 2017) for the park’s annual Big Roman Day.

It’s one of the launch events for Big Roman Week – a nine-day festival encouraging people to explore areas along the Roman Antonine Wall.

The Antonine Guard re-enactment group will be setting up camp near Kinneil Museum and putting on displays of military activities from nearly two thousand years ago.

The fun will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday (September 16) and run until 4 p.m.

Kinneil House will be open for free tours (last admission 3.30 p.m.) The House was built on the line of the Antonine Wall and is part of the official World Heritage Site.

In the surrounding parkland, children (and adults) will be able to dress up as Romans and make crowns, swords and badges. There will also be play archery sessions for children, fundraising stalls and refreshments.

Maria Ford from The Friends of Kinneil, helping to organise the event, said: “It should be a great afternoon. The Antonine Guard is a brilliant living history group that takes you right back to Roman times.”

She added: “In addition to all the Roman activities – we’ll also have displays from a local medieval re-enactment group and Falkirk District Wargames Club, who are making a return visit to the Estate. Local firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate CPR to visitors. There will also be displays of chainsaw carving! Plus families will be able to find out about a new initiative growing food for the local food bank right here at Kinneil Estate.

“Admission to the House and Estate will be free of charge – so come along. And remember to bring a camera to get shots of the re-enactment people!”

Saturday’s event is supporting Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Days in Scotland. It’s also the penultimate Friends’ open event of 2017: things conclude with Hallowe’en themed tours of Kinneil House at the end of October.

For more details please visit www.kinneil.org.uk and www.bigromanweek.org.uk

Posted by: ed | September 11, 2017

Visit Kinneil House on September 16

kinneilposter2017-picturedHistoric Kinneil House in Bo’ness is open for free tours this Saturday, September 16, 2017.

The mansion – boasting some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission will be 3.30 p.m.

Guides from The Friends of Kinneil charity will be on hand to take tours around Kinneil House and answer questions.

No need to book, just turn up – although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

In the surrounding Kinneil Estate will be a Big Roman Day, part of the Big Roman Week festival.  The Antonine Guard re-enactment group will be on duty. There will be stalls and refreshments. Kinneil Museum will also be open.

The event has been organised by The Friends in association with Historic Environment Scotland and Falkirk Community Trust.

This Saturday’s open afternoon also supports Doors Open Days in Scotland.

The September 16 event is part of a series of free activities at the House in 2017. More here: www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays

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Posted by: ed | September 11, 2017

All set for Big Roman Week 2017

romansatkinneil-300dpi.jpgFalkirk District’s Roman festival returns this weekend.

The Big Roman Week kicks off on Saturday, September 16, 2017, with organisers promising something for everyone.

Walks, talks, family events and film shows have been organised to help people find out more about the Roman Antonine Wall, which ran from Bo’ness right across Falkirk district to Old Kilpatrick near Glasgow.

Brochures for the nine-day festival are now available from local libraries and museums. You can also check listings at http://www.bigromanweek.org.uk

Former Falkirk Council tourism spokesman Adrian Mahoney has been helping to organise the festival. He said: “We’ve got a great programme of events for Big Roman Week 2017.

There are activities right across the Falkirk Council area – as well as a talk in Edinburgh and a walk in North Lanarkshire.

“Most events are free of charge and suitable for everyone. So why not come along? You’ll find full details online at www.bigromanweek.org.uk … You can also pick up a brochure from local libraries and museums.”

Highlights for 2017 include:

* events for children and families at Bonnybridge, Larbert, Slamannan, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Meadowbank (Polmont) and Bo’ness Libraries throughout the week;

* A Big Roman Day at Kinneil House, Bo’ness, this Saturday, September 16 – a family fun day featuring the Antonine Guard re-enactment group, plus tours inside the House;

* a free community conference on the Antonine Wall in the Bo’ness Hippodrome cinema on Sunday, September 17 – including speakers from Hadrian’s Wall;

* Roman cooking displays with John Crouch, who appeared on Robson Green’s “Tales from Northumberland”;

* an Italian Night, showcasing great food; plus

* walks to Roman sites along the Antonine Wall – at Carriden (Bo’ness); Mumrills (by Laurieston), Rough Castle (near Bonnybridge), Croy Hill and Bar Hill (near Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth).

The week also includes an event from the Antonine Friendship Link which aims to build connections between modern-day Falkirk and Jayyous near the West Bank.

Most events are free of charge, although you may need to book places in advance. Check listings at www.bigromanweek.org.uk or pick up a brochure from local outlets.

For those not online, you can call 01506 823714 or 01506 510629, with queries.

Adrian said: “With the support of Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, we’re repeating our Antonine Wall community conference in the fantastic Hippodrome cinema this Sunday morning (September 17).

This will allow local people to hear from Roman experts and find out about more developments right along the Antonine Wall. There will also be an update on efforts to win funding for new community projects to promote the World Heritage Site. We have great speakers lined up, as well as short films about Roman sites. The conference is open to everyone and tickets are still available through Eventbrite or the Big Roman Week website.”

The morning conference will be followed by a reception and then a free walk to the site of Carriden’s Roman Fort.

Since the festival began in 2009, it has been offering guided walks along the Antonine Wall. This year, in addition to local treks, there will be a visit to the Bar Hill and Croy Hill Roman sites, leaving from Auchinstarry Marina, by Kilsyth.

Leading most of the walks will be Geoff Bailey of Falkirk Community Trust.

“Geoff has been a terrific supporter of the festival since it began in 2009,” said Adrian. “He’s taking part in many of the events during Big Roman Week, from walks along the Wall to discussions about recent archaeological finds in the local area. People are fascinated by the Romans and hopefully, lots of local people will attend events during Big Roman Week.”

People are also being encouraged to take pictures at Big Roman Week events and tweet them to @BigRomanWeek twitter account. A giant Roman soldier model has also been installed in Meadowbank Library in Polmont to help fans take their very own “Centurion selfies”.

The idea to launch Big Roman Week came from The Friends of Kinneil charity in Bo’ness.

Maria Ford from the group said: “The festival has become a regular fixture in the local calendar and hopefully it continues to be popular with local people and visitors for many years to come.

“We’re really grateful to Falkirk Community Trust, which has organised many of the events for the Week, as well as Falkirk Council and Historic Environment Scotland for supporting the Festival.

“Although the festival was born in Bo’ness, we’ve always been keen to involve people right across the district and this year’s programme is no exception.”

Find out more at http://www.bigromanweek.org.uk

You can also get updates via the Friends of Kinneil’s social media channels:

http://www.facebook.com/kinneil (just “like”) and http://www.twitter.com/kinneil

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THE ANTONINE WALL

  • The Antonine Wall was built around 142AD on the orders of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.
  • The turf and stone frontier – more accurately a turf rampart fronted by a wide and deep ditch – ran from Bo’ness right through Falkirk district to Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow. Along the line of the Wall were a series of forts and fortlets.
  • The defensive system was designed to hold back Caledonian tribes from invading southern Scotland, then under Roman rule.
  • The Antonine Wall covered around 40 Roman miles, with around a third of the structure being constructed in Falkirk district.
  • The Wall was abandoned in the 160s when the Romans retreated to Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.
  • Today, many parts of the Antonine Wall lie under towns and settlements, built long after the Romans departed Scotland. However, evidence of the wall’s ramparts and buildings can still be found.
  • The local area is fortunate in having a number of highly visible parts of the Antonine Wall. As well as the remains of a fortlet at Kinneil, and a fort at Rough Castle, near Bonnybridge, the Antonine Wall can also be seen at Polmont Woods; Watling Lodge, Tamfourhill (near the Falkirk Wheel), Callendar Park in Falkirk; Seabegs Woods, near Bonnybridge; and Castlecary Roman Fort, near Allandale. You can also see the replica of a Roman tablet at Bridgeness, Bo’ness.
  • In addition, there are free exhibitions on the Romans in local museums, Callendar House, Falkirk, and Kinneil in Bo’ness. Outside the district, there are displays in the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch; the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow; and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
  • The Wall became part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site in 2008, joining Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes frontier. It also meant that Falkirk district became home to Scotland’s fifth world heritage site.
  • The Big Roman Week was launched in 2009 to celebrate the area’s Roman links. The Festival is always held around September 19 – the date of the Emperor Antoninus Pius’s birthday.
  • A new website for the Wall has been launched at http://www.antoninewall.org … An app for smartphones is also being developed.

 
The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity
Charity Registration Number : SC038368

Visit us online at: www.kinneil.org.uk
Email us: info@kinneil.org.uk

 

Posted by: ed | September 7, 2017

Get info on Big Roman Week

Big Roman Week 2017 starts on Saturday, September 16. Get all the info on events and activities at www.bigromanweek.org.uk

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Posted by: ed | August 24, 2017

Visit historic Kinneil House on August 27

Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness is open for free tours this Sunday, August 27, 2017.

The mansion – boasting some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission will be 3.30 p.m.

Stirlingshire singers The Gargoyles of Gargunnock will be providing entertainment. There will be free tours around the surrounding Kinneil Estate from historian Ian Scott (leaving from neighhbouring Kinneil Museum).

And one of VisitScotland’s ‘Coo Vans’ – providing free tourist info – will be attending.

The event will see the opening of a new viewing platform to allow better access to the “Tower” section of the House. This section is normally closed to the public.

Guides from The Friends of Kinneil charity will be on hand to take tours around the building and answer questions.

No need to book, just turn up – although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The event has been organised by The Friends in association with Historic Environment Scotland. For more info, visit www.kinneil.org.uk

More on the August 27 open day at www.kinneil.org.uk/singers

The event is part of a series of free events at the House in 2017. More here: www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays

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