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Monthly Archive: December

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.

The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Pottery

Posted: June 29, 2014 - 09:38 , by Robert Mason
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Pottery with an earthenware fired-clay body, overall white slip, incision through the slip with a broad tool, overall lead glaze, splashed with copper-green, probably mid-14th century.

Despite there being almost 1,400 years of occupation at Deir Mar Musa, strangely the overwhelming majority of the pottery found at the site can be assigned to the "Mamluk" period. The period of Mamluk rule in Greater Syria (1260-1516) generally reflects an archaeological horizon that post-dates the destruction of the great ceramic production centre at al-Raqqa,  and Eastern Syria became a wasteland on the border with the Mongol Ilkhanate dynasty of Iran, leaving Damascus as the sole producer of elite quality under-glaze painted stone-paste bodied ceramics.

Celebrate Canada Day with Maple Syrup!

Posted: June 26, 2014 - 11:38 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
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Maple leaf on forest floor; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maple_leaf.jpg#file

In celebration of Canada Day and Canadian Heritage Week (July 1st - July 7th) this post will relfect on the rich heritage and history embedded within our maple leaf. 

Fashion Follows Form: A lesson from The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 15:22 , by Amanda Girgis
Separating Leather Jacket. IZ Adaptive Clothing. Photo by Adrienne Mountain

Fashion forms culture, history and identity – and likewise fashion can be formed by its function in our daily lives. Our new exhibition, Fashion Follows Form invites Members to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion, in particular it’s inclination to favour form over function.  

[REVIEW] The Making of The Forbidden City Exhibition: Member Lecture

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 12:23 , by Amanda Girgis
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Dr. Chen Shen by the podium

The Royal Ontario Museum treated its Members to a private lecture on The Making of The Forbidden City. Hosted in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, over 200 ROM Members were in attendance. Dr. Chen Shen and David Hollands – two of the many masterminds behind our current blockbuster exhibition, spent the morning walking Members though the complex and in depth process of curating an exhibition of this magnitude and exquisite nature.

Silk Threads from China

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 11:30 , by Deepali Dewan


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Google+ Hangout on Air: Butterflies of Ontario

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 11:29 , by Ryan Dodge
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Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes

Join us on July 16th at 2pm EST for our next Google+ Hangout on Air as we chat about the new ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario!

Montréal Botanical Garden hosts the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Canadian Botanical Association

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 10:29 , by Tim Dickinson
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By being late for the banquet, we came across a family of foxes who were moving out into the Garden after most of the human visitors had left.

Deb Metsger and I are on the train coming back from Montréal where we attended the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Canadian Botanical Association.

Triceratops Dig Week 1

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 10:26 , by David Evans
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Land with water on it

For the past week, a small crew from the Royal Ontario Museum’s palaeontology division has been excavating a Triceratops site on private ranchland in Harding County, South Dakota.

Your Guide to Family Summer Fun at the ROM

Posted: June 19, 2014 - 15:22 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
http://www.rom.on.ca/en/support-us/inspiring-stories/barrick-gold-family-day-at-the-rom

A step-by-step guide to visiting the ROM with your kids!