This was at the University of London and I did think the exhibition was interesting (I love ink and I enjoy pen and ink drawing myself so I had to go).
A gorgeous ‘Hermes’ bike saddle in their bike racks (I want one!) I never knew you could get these types.
A Roman Inkwell – apparently they used soot for ink.
Black Pasta – the ink is made from Octopus ink
Parcetamol uses edible ink
Ink can be made from lamp soot.
Registrars use a special kind of blue/black ink for birth certificates, marriage certficates etc. It is also used in passports. You write it with blue and turns black and is supposed to prevent forgery.
Martin Rowson, the Guardian cartoonist was there chatting to the University of London archaeologist helping out with the exhibition.
As a cartoonist from time to time I wanted to have a chat, as I hadn’t met other cartoonists. Then after he was chatting away to the UCL lady helping run the exhibition he went back to his drawing. I was a bit disappointed he didn’t talk to anyone visiting, well, not as far as I could see. Not even a hello. He looked a bit ‘busy, serious and unapproachable’ to be honest and my bf said I ought to have word but I said I wouldn’t bother. If he wasn’t going to talk to anyone visiting the exhibition, why bother to turn up. He could have posted the picture to the exhibition instead.
The exhibition, however, was interesting and even J enjoyed it. But I did find the display was confusing as the numbers of the exhibits ‘were all over the place’ which was really annoying. It was hard to find what they were and they weren’t even labelled – you had to read this leaflet and hunt hard for the exhibit. I think the priority was for the exhibition to ‘look pretty’ but that was a right pain. If I wanted to find a particular item, it was easier to ask someone, and even she had a problem hunting for it and showed me the wrong item!