In a previous blog I speculated that the end of civilization might be marked by the closure of public toilets: Death by Toilet. If so, then Cilgerran’s public toilets situated by the beautiful steep wooded banks of the River Teifi, might mark the last bog standing as we race towards the apocalypse.
This is not only because they are open public toilets in a beautiful location close to Cilgerran Castle, but because the concave river-facing side of the toilet block was designed as a surface upon which a series of high-quality displays inform the visitor about:
- the history of the Teifi valley;
- its natural resources, crafts, industries;
- the coracle;
- fishing on the river;
- nature and conservation.
Moreover, in between these boards, framed by the displays about fishing and the coracle, inset into the wall behind glass is a genuine coracle, oar and fishing nets on display.
The toilets themselves are uninspiring in design and maintenance and these displays are not new. Notably, they are not dumbed down for 5-second attention spans; they are fabulously detailed and reveal important information, individually and collectively. They afford the visitor with a strong sense of the history and heritage of the location and its landscape to counterbalanced the site-focused nature of the Cadw guidebook for Cilgerran Castle close by.
As such, this heritage display is perfectly situated to communicate and commemorate the landscape at the public’s convenience. They also help to make the location of the toilets and picnic benches beside the car park a place of learning and engagement about the passing water, before and after one passes water.