FUNDING of £980k to the Antonine Wall will help address the lack of awareness of the 63km-long world heritage site.

Thanks to the National Lottery’s Heritage fund, the impressive ancient barrier that ran from Old Kilpatrick to Falkirk, will bring the people along their lengths together, to preserve their fragile remains and explore the incredible Roman history in their communities.

At the wall itself, replica distance markers based on the Roman originals will be placed at five different sites alongside information about its history.

Five Roman play areas will also be created at other sites near to the wall for young children to explore and play.

A programme of 30 community-designed projects will take place across the five local authorities that the wall passes through.

Resources for schools exploring topics such as Roman cooking and crafts will be developed as well as talks, tours and a community-led remake of the 1950’s Walk the Wall film.

And a 21st Century legion of 300 volunteers will be recruited and trained to help co-design projects in their communities, act as tour guides, help with research and raise awareness.

Emma McMullen, Antonine Wall HLF Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support our £2.1m Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project over the next three years.

"This will give us the opportunity to work with communities along the length of the wall to better engage them with their Roman heritage, along with creating facilities that will help to promote the Antonine Wall to visitors.

“The funding will also allow us to work with colleagues at Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes to share ideas.”

Councillor Jim Finn, Convener of Planning and Licensing said he is looking forward to the installation of the planned facilities along the wall. He added: “We are fortunate to have this wonderful part of history on our doorstep and we are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for recognising its value."