Now on display for the next few months in Callendar House is the Antonine Friendship Link Scroll, created in 2004 and designed by local artist Susan French. The Scroll, which has also been displayed in the Scottish Parliament and Falkirk’s Municipal Buildings, was created by the group the Antonine Friendship Link to raise public awareness of the impact of the apartheid wall in Palestine.
The Antonine Friendship Link, a local group living in the vicinity of an ancient wall, has extended the hand of friendship to the village of Jayyous in Palestine, which lives with a contemporary wall dividing communities. They created the scroll to promote discussion as to the nature of wall building within society and the display in Callendar House, which features the scroll, provides a ‘long view’ asking if what we now celebrate as a World Heritage Site would be celebrated if it divided communities today. It aims to remind us that even these historic monuments are remains of experiences which are true to our lives now: walls such as those built in Berlin, Belfast, and the Israel/Palestine West Bank are modern-day equivalents of the Antonine Wall.
The Antonine Friendship Scroll will be on display in Callendar House on the first floor opposite the Tearoom for the next few months.