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Great Collections Make Great Museums: Constantinian Era Pendant

Great Collections Make Great Museums – An ongoing blog describing recent acquisitions added to the Greek, Etruscan, Roman or Byzantine Collections. Gold pendant with silver seal dated to about AD 350. (Museum accession number: 2010.32.1). Acquisition made possible by the generosity of the Louise

Media Preview of Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration

L-R: Dan Rahimi, Vice President Gallery Development, ROM, Silvia Forni, Anthropology Curator, ROM, Denise Herrera Jackson, CEO, Carnival Festival Management Committee, Jane Nokes, Director, Corporate Archives and Fine Arts, Scotiabank Group A Media Preview was held today at the ROM for the

ROM Walk: Queen’s Park Circle

By Bruce Salvatore, ROM Walks, Department of Museum Volunteers Queen’s Park, located in central Toronto, was opened in 1860 and dedicated by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to his mother, Queen Victoria. Brimming with history, this ROM walk uncovers the controversy that surrounded

Project Guyana – Expedition Underway

By Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern Hello! Joshua See here, Environmental Visual Communication student at the ROM. I am writing from the wild heart of Guyana, where I am documenting the research and education efforts of Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammals. Burton Lim, Assistant Curator

Diamonds, Design and Science… something for everyone.

While to the casual observer, this is an example of fine made jewellery that sits in the Gem and Gold Gallery, Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth Treasures with other fine made jewellery pieces. As is reflected in the layered design of the brooch, this piece has layers of information and history as

Spinels: A Misunderstood Gemstone

Rubies, emeralds and diamonds are words you immediately associate with gemstones, but mention spinel and people give you a questioning look.  Gem spinels have been mined and used in jewellery for hundreds of years and are a very attractive and popular gem in high-end jewellery, but rarely seen in

St. James’ Cemetery ROMwalks

St. James’ Cemetery, opened at the corner of Parliament and Bloor Streets in 1844, is the eternal resting place of many of the prominent families of York and Toronto.  Monuments and mausoleums are engraved with the names Jarvis, Ridout, Gooderham, Cawthra, Baldwin and Osler among others. Stories

Historic South Rosedale Artist Studio

Submitted by Regina Virgo, Department of Museum Volunteers On our ROMwalk tour of the western section of South Rosedale, we’ll descend into the Rosedale Ravine via Park Road, originally a corduroy road constructed by Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis to make the trip to Rosedale more convenient and

Life in Toronto – Rouge Bioblitz 2012

submitted by the ROM Bioblitz Team The term BioBlitz has been floating around since the late 1990’s. It was popularized by the US National Park Service and in 1998 by famous Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson.  A BioBlitz is a survey of all life within a given area during an intense 24hr period.

Discoveries at Harvard – ROM expertise at work

This week I am in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Art Museums  here are rebuilding, and planning new galleries, and have also acquired a new collection of pottery from the Middle East.  So they have flown me down here for the week on an all-expenses-paid visit, to look at their Islamic