CADW CONSERVATION IN ACTION
Tintern Abbey is falling down! The romantic ruins have been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. But, nearly 500 years since it was abandoned, the stonework is crumbling away at an alarming rate. Access has been restricted to parts of the ruins because of the very real danger of falling stone (bits drop off almost daily!). Cadw have begun a major project to conserve the Abbey, trialling a range of pioneering techniques. These exhibition panels are positioned around the Abbey to explain the restricted access to visitors and to interpret the issues and challenges. The panels are mounted on specially designed scaffolding structures and have a construction site aesthetic. The complex themes are explained in a concise and engaging way. There are also ‘family friendly’ panels with cartoon characters who explain the story in a fun way for younger visitors.