I know, I know, more photographs of warning signs; and the same ones as I previously discussed for Dinefwr Castle. These signs are part of the heritage experience but also will be among the most prominent and lasting historic traces of our fascination with ruins and their dangers in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Furthermore, it also strikes me that the consistency with which they pepper Dolforwyn Castle affords more of a corporate identity to the ruins than any of the Cadw heritage boards achieve. I feel comforted to see them and what’s more they are fully bilingual and transgender; the sexless figures fall screaming inaudible expletives in both Welsh and English.
I also include a photograph of a child, outrageously contravening the recommended safety advice and crawling all over the castle walls without proper supervision; shame on his father and his lax approach to parental supervision.
A further thought. Perhaps these are just a bit too dull and repetitive. Aren’t Cadw missing a trick here? I do wonder whether, if combined, and with suitably updated and daring additions, and with a carefully crafted dance soundtrack, the health and safety signs might be transformed into a racy and provocative new dance that one day might sweep the nightclubs of Wales like a deadly virus.
“The Cadw twerk”: maybe Nicki Minaj or Miley Cyrus can be persuaded to feature the moves in a video and thus popularise Cadw’s medieval castles to an entirely new demographic. There is certainly plenty of stonework for Miley to lick.
I’m sure this suggestion has been regularly considered by Cadw heritage managers, but if not, you heard it here first!