ROM Ideas: Stories of Research, Innovation, and Learning delivers a series of succinct and thought-provoking talks

The free afternoon event presents the fascinating backstage work of Museum experts and community partners


TORONTO, March 22, 2023 – ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) invites the public to join its experts and researchers on Saturday, March 25, 2023 for a behind-the-scenes peek into the Museum’s world of collections and discovery with ROM Ideas: Stories of Research, Innovation, and Learning. The free afternoon event will offer an engaging schedule of interactive talks exploring the intersections of art, culture and nature that are core to ROM’s mission. Touching on Canadian fashion history, contemporary South Asian art, ancient Greek coins, meteorite collection, and the lives of Toronto’s bats, the series will take place at ROM’s Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, on level 1B. Doors will open at 12:00 pm, with the presentations scheduled to start at 12:30 pm. This is a free in-person program that requires RSVP. Learn more details and reserve tickets here.


Canadian Fashion Histories: Learning from Makers and Wearers
Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator, Global Fashion & Textiles at ROM
Barbara Klunder, ROM Community Research Partner
Delve into the important process of working with living makers and wearers to document their histories, capturing and preserving this important form of Canadian creative heritage and the unique lives lived in fashion.  

Media, Meaning, and Materiality in the Diasporic Art of P. Mansaram (1934-2020)
Deepali Dewan
, Dan Mishra Senior Curator of Global South Asia at ROM
Sandrena Raymond, ROM Community Research Partner
Explore P.Mansaram’s place in the first generation of postcolonial diasporic artists from South Asia who travelled the world, incorporating and adapting traditions to make an indelible mark on contemporary art. 

Money Talks: ROM's Ancient Greek Coin Project
Kate Cooper
, Research Associate at ROM
Laura Lipcsei, Senior Conservator at ROM
Ben Akrigg, ROM Community Research Partner
Learn about the international significance of ROM’s remarkable Greek coin collection, and the newly launched, Federally-funded project to support further study and publications surrounding this ancient and important currency.

New Rocks from Space: Growing and Using ROM's Meteorite Collections
Veronica Di Cecco
, Technician, Mineralogy Research
Josie Di Maurizio, ROM Community Research Partner
Discover how ROM is growing Canada’s largest meteorite collection, reinforcing its global reputation as an essential resource for research on the formation of Earth, the wonders of the solar system, and hopefully the origin of life. 

Bats in the Belfry (and the Museum)
Burton Lim
, Assistant Curator of Mammals
Jane Davidson-Neville, ROM Community Research Partner
Celina Yang, ROM Community Research Partner
Peek into the secret lives of our flying mammal neighbours through a project that uses a system of high-frequency microphones to track the comings and goings of Toronto’s bat population.

ROM Connects is generously supported by The Schmidt Family. 

Image Credit: © Brock Fenton.



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Opened in 1914, ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages. Today, ROM houses more than 13 million objects, from Egyptian mummies to contemporary sculpture, from meteorites to dinosaurs. ROM is the most visited museum in Canada and one of the top ten museums in North America. It is also the country’s preeminent field research institute, with a diverse range of experts who help us understand the past, make sense of the present, and shape a shared future. Just as impressive is ROM’s facility—a striking combination of heritage architecture and the cutting-edge Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, which marks the Museum as an iconic landmark and global cultural destination. 

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