Cardigan cardigan frozen in Aberystwyth
It’s got to be one of the quirkiest stories, but a giant cardigan is being frozen in Aberystwyth university’s science freezers.
Back in 2010, the town of Cardigan in West Wales was celebrating 900 years of history and 200 people knitted a giant cardigan as one of several anniversary projects funded by a £30,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Cardigan’s ancient castle is represented, as well as the town’s shops, churches and chapels, local people and school children. Measuring 16’ wide x 8’ long, the cardigan has been on display in several venues across the town since 2010 but now the creators are concerned that moth larvae will feast on the wool and damage the garment.
So Aberystwyth university, just up the coast, has offered freezer space following an appeal by the artists behind the creation. It will be stored at its Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences where the freezers work at -80 Celsius - so the cardigan will freeze much more quickly than the three weeks that would be required in a conventional freezer. After it’s frozen, the cardigan will be displayed at the university, a very welcome offer to the cardigan’s guardians (couldn’t resist that one!). Stay in cottages in West Wales or along the coast to Aberystwyth to view the cardigan and the town it represents.