Assistant Curator (Retired)
Area: World Cultures
B.A. (High Honours), Egyptology, University of Toronto, 1983
M.A., Museum Studies, University of Toronto, 1986
As an assistant curator, Roberta Shaw’s fieldwork in Egypt has included epigraphic assistance at the Temple of Karnak and research in Theban Tomb #89 at Luxor. She has helped develop the prehistory display at the Kharga Museum in the Kharga Oasis, and the visitor centre at the Temple of Deir el-Hagar in the Dakhlah Oasis.
Roberta’s exhibition work at the ROM includes the development of the Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries, opened in 1992, and the travelling exhibition Egypt, Gift of the Nile (1996-1998). Her work as a guest curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization involved advice and loan assistance for the show Mysteries of Egypt (1999), in conjunction with the IMAX film of the same title. Co-curation with Krzysztof Grzymski produced the exhibition Canadians on the Nile (1999), which showed in Toronto, Paris, Poznan and London. She was the assistant curator for the ROM showing of Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids (2000); the exhibition travelled to Paris and New York.
Roberta’s lectures include reports on her curatorial and research work, as well as popular lectures on art and architecture, mummification, and the lifestyle of ancient Egypt. She also acts as a resource person for ROMtravel trips to Egypt.
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (1391 -1353 BC), King Tutankhamun’s grandfather.