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Monthly Archive: December

Minding the Stores

Posted: August 15, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A black and white photograph of a woman standing on a step ladder surrounded by artifacts on shelves

Guest blog by Lance McMillan

The ROM’s extensive collections are lovingly watched over by an expert team of dedicated curators and technicians.

Tattoos: Glossary

Posted: August 11, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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One in five Canadians has at least one tattoo, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sports a Haida symbol on his left shoulder. Tattoos have moved into the mainstream, companies have begun to relax rules on visible tattos in the workplace. The new exhibition charts the journey of tattooing from its deep historical and global roots, via its marginalizaiton, to its current revival in many cultures around the world. Here are six essential tattoo terms to know while walking through the Tattoos exhibition:

Learn more about our PokéStops!

Posted: August 10, 2016 - 12:51 , by Ryan Dodge
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Our ROM Learning team take a deeper look at our PokéStops

ROM Research: Detailing Wendiceratops

Posted: August 9, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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drawn picture of the skeleton of the Wendiceratops

David Evans and Michael Ryan reveal a spectacular new species of ceratopsian, Wendiceratops was approximately 6 metres from nose to tail and weighed more than a ton (2,000 lbs).

Guest blog by Shiona M. Mackenzie.

Member Profile: Family Visit

Posted: August 8, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A little girl in a blue dress with flowers sitting on a bench with her dad in a blue shirt and jeans and her brother in an orange shirt and jeans

Jason Donkervoort shares why the ROM is his family's favourite place to visit.

How often do you visit the ROM?

We visit at least twice a month.

What inspired your first visit to the ROM?

The kids.They wanted to see the dinosaurs, especially the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition.

If you could bring one person to visit the ROM with you, who would it be?

Go with the Flow: Technology & Early Glass

Posted: August 5, 2016 - 15:04 , by Robert Mason
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Six-handled green glass jar - Blown glass with trailed handles, Syria - Late Roman - c. 300-425 AD, ROM #909.3.41   - The Walter Massey Collection - Height 12.9cm  Width 9.4cm  Diameter 7.6cm. ROM Photography.

Glass is probably the most fluid of solids. Looking at blown glass, such as that in the ROM's Chihuly exhibition, is like watching movement made still. If you look carefully at the handles of the perfectly preserved handles of this Roman glass vase from Syria (above), it looks as though it is still a fluid, still dynamically moving along its flow. In a way, that is because it is. Glass essentially has the atomic structure of a fluid, but it has been so rapidly cooled that it is essentially stuck in that condition. 
 

Tattoos: Japan

Posted: August 4, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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painted image of a man holding a tree with Japanese characters on the side

Guest blog by Asato Ikeda, Curator (Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellow of Japanese Art).

Blue Whale Research

Posted: August 2, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a woman holding a bone of a blue whale.

Scientific study and preservation continue for the ROM’s Blue Whale

The Tattoo Hunter

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A man in a green shirt and blue bandana taking a selfie with a Makonde tattoo master

Guest blog by Doug Wallace

Anthropologist Lars Krutak has documented the tattoo traditions of Indigenous people all over the world, from the Amazon to the high Arctic.

New Acquisitions: Screening Process

Posted: July 26, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A woman measuring an ancient Japanese print

Ever wonder what the process is whenever the ROM gets a new acquisitions? Well wonder no more! Here is the general process of how the ROM screens new acquisitions.