It’s recommended that war memorials be surveyed regularly to inspect their condition and identify any potential risks or conservation work that might required. While this is straightforward enough in many cases, some memorials pose more of a challenge!
Aberystwyth war memorial is a 25-metre tall column, topped by a bronze, winged female figure representing victory. Standing on the seafront, it has been exposed to the elements for over eighty years. In order to assess its current condition, a team of climbers will abseil down the column with video equipment and the film footage will be viewed by a team of specialist conservators on the ground.
On the subject of the Aberystwyth war memorial, the ‘Gathering the Jewels’ website has some fascinating archive footage of its unveiling in 1923.