Monthly Archive: December Hist
By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer
After their first weekend off, the students have returned recharged and ready to dig! Despite the many bruises and sores that I sustained from my hiking trips, I felt more motivated than ever! Due to the progress that we had made in the previous week, precautions had to be made to ensure that the students (and myself) could enter our excavation safely. We have a fantastic group of local Jordanian workers who assist us, many of them have worked with with me during my previous excavation last summer.
Every time you turn a corner in Toronto, you discover another venerable stone building resplendent with arches, turrets, gables, or statues perched in a niche. Some are nestled between the encroaching skyscrapers of the banking district, others sit proudly on their original estate. The heritage houses, churches, government and university buildings, even the industrial areas, are still brimming with rich history – all have fascinating stories to tell of life in Toronto’s past.
Today, we’re excited to present a sneak peek of the installation of the mosaic floor panels in the ROM’s new Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium, opening July 1, 2011.
The white wedding gown worn by many brides today didn’t became popular until the Victorian Era. In fact, many contribute the popularity to Queen Victoria herself, who wore white to her wedding day.
Before this time, European brides were known to wear dresses in a variety of colours and embroidered with elaborate patterns. However, the white wedding dress was quickly adopted in the 19th century by brides on both sides of the Atlantic.
Take a peek at these beautiful examples of Canadian wedding dresses in the ROM’s textile collection: