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Monthly Archive: December Worl

Notes from Oman: Part 3

Posted: January 31, 2012 - 09:25 , by admin
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Dr. Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes, is the first-ever recipient of the YPC Research Fund. This November 2011, YPC supported Sarah’s trip to Oman to research ancient forms of pitloom weaving and the trade routes of the Muscat cloth, which will inform part of a future ROM exhibition.

Submitted by Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes

November 21, 2011

“That’s Not a Kayak!”: Form, Function, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted: January 10, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

By Kenneth R. Lister

Kenneth R. Lister is the Assistant Curator of Anthropology in the Department of World Cultures. Read on for a preview of what he’ll be talking about on February 3, 2012 at the 33rd Annual ROM Research Colloquium.

kayak frames

Shahnama: The Persian “Book of Kings”

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 13:53 , by admin

Want to find out more about the latest research and discoveries happening at the ROM? Mark your calendars for the 33rd annual ROM Research Colloquium coming up on February 3, 2012.

Karin Ruehrdanz, Curator of Islamic Arts in the ROM’s Department of World Cultures tells us a little bit about her upcoming colloquium presentation,  Shahnama: The Persian “Book of Kings”

“They Were Hoist By their Own Petard”

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 16:02 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

They organized extravagant spectacles, each more lavish than the next. They built imposing monuments, ever larger to outdo their predecessors and rivals. Over centuries, the Maya leaders elevated themselves far above their subjects. Yet in the end, these all-powerful rulers were caught in a trap of their own making.

Picture of a maya party event

A successful media launch to Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 10:46 , by admin

The November 16 media preview for Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World was an auspicious debut for this exciting international effort.

The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and numerous CBC television and radio shows, both English and French, were among the 60+ different media outlets attending the morning event. The city’s Spanish-language journalists were also well-represented among the approximately 125 guests.

“Mexico must open its windows but protect its roof”

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 09:01 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Mexican statesman and writer Dr. Carlos Fuentes has been opening windows onto his country’s politics and culture since the 1950s. Author of numerous books and essays, he has taught, lectured and received awards and recognition worldwide.

Wallis Simpson’s Brilliant Jewellery

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 15:00 , by admin
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Submitted by Danura Buczynski and Elsa McKay, Department of Museum Volunteers.

Who was Wallis Simpson?
The American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson, a.k.a. the Duchess of Windsor is one of the most intriguing figures of the 20th century. With two divorced husbands still living, Bessie Wallis Warfield (1896-1986), stepped into the spotlight and shocked conventional society when she was identified as the mistress of the Prince of Wales.

The Lego Sphinx Concludes Today

Posted: October 30, 2011 - 13:20 , by admin

Today is the last day of the LEGO Sphinx build at the ROM.  There has been a lot of progress and it’s been great to have seen so many of you out to see the Sphinx near completion, and to join in on the other LEGO activities on this weekend.

Kids hanging out with Lego Sphinx

Day 3, 10am - The LEGO Sphinx is almost done

Q&A with Robin, Certified LEGO Professional

Posted: October 28, 2011 - 13:35 , by admin

Robin Sather, LEGO® Certified Professional at Brickville DesignWorks in Abbotsford, British Columbia talks with us about his upcoming build of a giant LEGO® Sphinx at the ROM on October 28-30.

Experience a Taste of Life during Medieval Times

Posted: September 27, 2011 - 08:34 , by Patti McCabe

Rob Mason, is an archaeological scientist whose research interests include art, technology, trade, and industry from the beginnings of time to the industrial revolution. But you may recognize him as a dancing knight from our Medieval Dancing presentations!

Don’t miss the ROM’s Medieval Fall Fair this weekend, October 1 – 2.