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Our exciting Roman Frontiers Exhibition begins its tour TODAY!

To mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days is working in partnership with North of England Civic Trust (NECT), the EYCH UK Co-ordinator, to tour an exhibition across Scotland through the month of September 2018.

Doors Open Days and Scottish Archaeology Month deliver Scotland’s contributions to European Heritage Days during September each year, and are delighted to bring this touring exhibition to venues along the Antonine Wall, travelling from West to East across the country during the festival month of September.

The venues that will showcase this exhibition are:

  • Maid of the Loch, Balloch w/c 27th August 2018
  • Kirkintilloch Town Hall w/c 3rd September
  • Callendar House, Falkirk w/c 10th September
  • Library of Innerpeffrey, Crieff w/c 17th September
  • Cramond Kirk, Cramond w/c 24th September

Graham Bell, UK National Co-ordinator for 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, and Amanda Beveridge, Office and Events Manager, Maid of the Loch (Loch Lomond Steamship Company) at the Maid of the Loch in Balloch, where our Roman Frontiers Exhibition begins.

 The Frontiers of the Roman Empire is an historical zone that spans Europe and 1,900 years of history. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it recognises the significance of how an era of profound civilisation shaped the Europe we know today. As a frontier aligning all in its path – places, people – it brought order and established a symbolic definition of the reach of civilisation, but as a contemporary zone crossing the continent and beyond, it now connects communities in a way unlike any other. Therefore, it uniquely embodies all that 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage represents in shaping a common European heritage, and about the common values expressed through contemporary European culture. It is cultural heritage at the leading edge: “what joins us is greater than what divides us”.

The exhibition illustrates the historical overlay of the Frontier onto contemporary Europe, like the imprint of memory on the visible world.  The exhibition features quotes on what this means to local people and beyond.  Moving along the exhibition are vignettes providing glimpses into the life of communities today along the edge of Empire as far as Bulgaria (which in 2018 is hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union), about the influence of the past on their present, and opportunities of how for each of them, “what joins us is greater than what divides us”.

The exhibition concludes with two panels that summarise the message of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage: one panel will lift the veil of history to consider the legacy of the Roman Frontier on contemporary European society, also using the short blog format vignettes from professionals, students, schoolchildren and communities.

The final panel will illustrate the diversity of activities across the UK, continuing the vignettes format, that link people, place and insight. It will express the hope and challenge to extend the aims of 2018 in the UK into uniting the usually independent cultural and heritage sectors into one synchronised voice within our own society in a period of unprecedented transition, and in the chorus of Europe.

Graham Bell, Director, NECT; UK National Co-ordinator, 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

Thank you to the European Commission Representation in Scotland for making this possible!

The European Heritage Days (EHDs), a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe. The pan-European nature of this project contributes to bringing citizens together and highlighting the European dimension and the value of cultural heritage in the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention. Over 70 000 events are organized every year in order to help raise awareness of Europe's common heritage and the continuous need for its protection, as well as to promote inclusiveness and foster creativity and imagination.

As one of the key initiatives of 2018’s European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s edition of the #EHDs is celebrating “The Art of Sharing.” The European Year of Cultural Heritage aims to encourage people to explore Europe's rich and diverse culture, to reflect upon and protect its unique value.