But last week it was the medieval galleries of the Museum of London, which was reasonably quiet, apart from a group of 7 year olds, one of whom planted himself beside me and engaged me in conversation: "What's your name?" Kids are so direct!
My first object was this oak post from a building dating to 956-979. "Several more posts from the same building have been found," said the label. (Can't find it in the online collections.)
I used water-soluble graphite and wasn't happy with the result - then added "grain lines" to the wood with biro, which really improved the "feel" of it -
bone mirror case. It was hard to see it clearly, and that's where the camera, zooming in through the glass case, came to the rescue, showing its pattern clearly. It's 12th century, made "in three sections that have been riveted together by copper alloy rivets into two bone strips on the reverse. The rivets have stained the bone green."
Sue was fascinated by the coffin lids and drew this marvelous intertwined horse -
eel spear -