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Monthly Archive: December

Conservation Intern Spotlight: Natasa Krsmanovic

Posted: July 25, 2014 - 10:01 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
Natasa performing backing removal on an albumen photograph at her bench in the Queen’s conservation lab. Photo courtesy of Natasa Krsmanovic.

This spotlight post--featuring ROM paper conservation intern Natasa Krsmanovic--highlights her background, shares her perspective on current paper conservation practices, and discusses her treatment projects at the museum.

Triceratops Dig 2014 Recap

Posted: July 18, 2014 - 14:50 , by David Evans
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Quarry

Our time at the Triceratops site came to an end on Friday, June 27. As we rushed to get the last jackets out of the quarry and close down the site for the year, a menacing storm was rolling in, but we made it out just in time (Figure 1).  With the back of our pick-up truck filled with plaster jackets (Figure 2), we headed back to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Conservation Intern Spotlight: Emily Ricketts

Posted: July 16, 2014 - 09:37 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
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Emily cleaning Neoclassical Chandelier with tools and supplies. Photos by Jaime Clifton-Ross

This spotlight post--featuring ROM conservation intern Emily Ricketts--highlights her background, shares her perspective on current artefact conservation practices, and discusses her treatment projects at the museum.

The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Cave Survey

Posted: July 11, 2014 - 12:20 , by Robert Mason
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This cave would have been a home for one of the monks of the Deir Mar Musa community, the wall at the front of the photograph shows that they had a small terrace outside the cave, either for a living area or for growing food.

The monastery at Deir Mar Musa would not have just comprised the main buildings, the monks would actually have been dispersed in hermitages across the landscape.

Nail Art: Then and Now

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 11:29 , by Amanda Girgis
Empress Dowager Cixi, Image by Jung Chang

Women have grown, groomed and decorated their fingernails for over 5000 years – From the women of Ancient Egypt to the nail salon industry that flourished during the 80s and 90s, nail trends have had authority over beauty regimes across regions and eras. By the late 20th century manicured fingernails would become a sign of the leisure class among many different cultures.  Grooming your fingernails parallels the act of using cosmetics, it exhibits self-expression and character.

Call To Toronto Artists!

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 10:47 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross

A call for artist submissions to the Animating Historic Sites and Museums program.

Origins of a Collection: A look at R.S. Williams' Historic Musical Instruments

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 12:42 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
European Music Book. Detail. 1835.

Have you ever wondered how museums collect their treasured artefacts? You probably know that many objects are generously donated to such cultural centres. But do you know the story or the provenance (the record of origin and history of ownership) behind these objects? The ROM is full of interesting acquisition stories—many of which can be found in the Curatorial departments and the Library & Archives. This is just one…

 

The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Frescoes

Posted: July 4, 2014 - 12:26 , by Robert Mason
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The fresco of the Last Judgement on the West wall of the chapel at Deir Mar Musa.

The third in a series on the monastery of St Moses in Syria comprises a detailed examination of the important cycle of 11th-12th century frescoes found in the chapel.

Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20 - June 27

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 16:14 , by David Evans
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ROM Palaeo team working in the Triceratops quarry.

@ROMPalaeo Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20-June 27

Plant Sex on Display at the World Pride FNL "OUT of the Cupboards" Event

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 15:12 , by Ryan Godfrey
Sign for the botany table in the Schad Gallery for the "OUT of the cupboards" event

On Friday June 27th, I manned the Botanical Battlestation in the Schad Gallery for a Friday Night Live feast of strange, symbolic and sexual plant specimens.