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

Wednesday, October 29

Cairo Under Wraps: New Discoveries, Remaining Mysteries

In preparing the exhibition Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles, currently on display in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Assistant Curator, Anu Liivandi, asked herself many questions: Why was she suddenly uncertain whether something is made of linen or cotton?  Why was the gold thread so difficult to analyze?  Why did the child’s shirt with Christian images and Arabic inscriptions, catalogued as 12th – 13th century, seem to have been created so much later?  Why was it so difficult to pin down the date of the elegant man’s shirt with bouffant sleeves?  Join us as Anu attempt’s to answer some of these questions!

Speaker: Anu Liivandi, Assistant Curator, Textiles & Fashions.  Anu has catalogued thousands of textiles since taking the course on weave and fibre analysis at the Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA) in Lyon, especially since she joined the ROM in 1986.  She specializes in Late Antique and Medieval textiles of the Mediterranean area and European figured silks.

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

Date & Time

  • Last Wednesday of each month


  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Meet in Gloria Chen Court

Bloor Street (main entrance)