Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne

Highlights form this week’s visitors/activities
April 21, 2012, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Community, Home, Volunteer Experiences

…a woman who could neither read/write or tell left from right but delighted in seeing what we were doing and discussing lots of our displays and microscope work, because “one never knows what there is to discover !! ”

… a  teenager’s  community carer/enabler and his charge stumbled upon us and spent quite a while discussing our lady with a crystal ball and what is going on at CSI: Sittingbourne.

… a woman who didn’t like dark places but was lured in by our lino-print T-shirts in window, she wants to buy for her sons – and then enjoyed chatting to Janet about the object and X-ray at her microscope.

… an elderly couple were overheard discussing the intricate work we are doing at the microscope and things we are discovering, while reading our wall displays. Debbie then showed them our swords and they stayed awhile chatting to volunteers.

… newish volunteer Catherine got lots of experience talking about her work with a knife with a buckle x-ray and evidence for horn handle, surviving in an  iridescent stripped layer on the tang.

… Interesting discussion about knives with two young men who upon seeing ‘our lady with a crystal ball’s 2 knives commented on how “easy it was to go around stabbing people back then”…  Lisa and Debbie explained that the knives were not weapons, but everyday items for food and work, “a bit like most everyone today caries a mobile phone”.

…Janet improved her air abrading skills and found the very fragile/thin ‘original surface’ on the front of an iron mount – with wood grain preserved on the back.

… a surveyor came in to measure our spaces for the landlord  – eek ! (we just asked for another year’s free rent… hope Tesco is happy to keep supporting us !)

… a grandmother made a pre-arranged visit with her young grand daughter, who loves to collect fossils and interesting things from her garden and walks… both looked down the microscope at a knife with MPO sheath and a bug pupa – the little girl wrote down notes about her visit so she wouldn’t forget.

…Resident artist Rob working on our popular book in the background and sketching some of these scenes – we’ll post some of his finished pieces soon.

Good times. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for regular updates and more pictures.

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