Adult Programs

Contexts: Lectures at the ROM

Come to the ROM to hear experts in the fields of natural history, world cultures, the environment, anthropology and archaeology. Lecturers will share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of monthly lectures.

10 AM Coffee an Tea in Druxy's ROM Cafe, Level B1

11:00 AM Lecture in Eaton Theatre

Note: FM assistive devices and ASL interpretation are available on request. ASL interpretation requires three weeks advance notice.

Contexts talks are supported by The Currelly Society

Starting in January 2015, Contexts will take place on the last Thursday of the month.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Defining Conservation Photography: A Focus on Protected Lands

A contemporary account of the emerging genre of conservation photography is explored through the voices and imagery of some of the best environmental communicators working today. Notable anthropologist Jane Goodall, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Michael Nichols, and International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) past president Cristina Mittermeier, among many others, share candid thoughts on the power of photography and its value as an effective conservation tool. This visual presentation is accompanied by case studies and narrative from Toronto base conservation photographer Neil Ever Osborne who shows work from his projects in protected lands around the world.

Speaker: Neil Ever Osborne is a contributing editor and photographer for the Canadian Wildlife and Canadian Geographic magazines, and an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).  His photographic works mainly focus attention on endangered wildlife and threatened habitats that need protecting, and the narratives that connect these concerns to humanity. 
Neil is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he can be found in his office at the Royal Ontario Museum directing Fleming College’s Environmental Visual Communication post-graduate certificate program when not on field assignments.

Thursday, February 26
A Man of the Cloth: Charles Currelly as Pioneering Textile Collector

ROM’s founding director, Charles Currelly (1876-1957), was a man of the cloth in more ways than one.  A trained theologian who served as a missionary in Manitoba, Currelly also brought in over 7,000 pieces of textiles and dress during his tenure at the ROM.  These include iconic ROM objects such as the “Marie Antoinette” dress and the Gondar hanging, a gigantic silk ecclesiastical curtain from Ethiopia.  Based on new research in celebration of ROM100, this talk explores the wide array of fabrics and fashion that Currelly brought in from around the world, and some of the wild and wonderful sources who supplied him.

Speaker: Sarah Fee is Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Costume at the ROM and is responsible for the museum's ca. 14,000 items of dress and fashion from Africa, Asia and the Islamic world. As part of a new research initiative, she is currently studying early suppliers of textiles and dress to the ROM.

Thursday, March 26
Toronto Underfoot: 10,000 years of Toronto History in 8 Objects
April Hawkins

More information coming soon!

Included with Museum admission. Note: Contexts is not offered in December.

Programs are subject to change.


Date & Time

  • Last Thursday of each month


  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Meet in Gloria Chen Court

Bloor Street (main entrance)