Adult Programs

Textiles at the ROM: The History

Dorothy Burnham mounting costume


This year, the ROM's Textiles Department will be 75 years old. Please join us for a presentation by John Vollmer that will focus on the history of the first 50 years with an emphasis on the three founders: Dorothy Kay MacDonald (Burnham), Katherine Beatrice Maw (Betty Brett) and Harold B. Burnham. Under their stewardship the collections increased dramatically. More importantly, they defined the criteria for the Museum’s view of textiles within the larger cultural and scientific disciplines of its curatorial departments.

Presented by Friends of Textiles & Costume (FTC).

John Vollmer (pictured left) has held curatorial positions at both the ROM and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. He is a recognized scholar in the fields of Asian arts textiles and costumes, decorative arts and designs. He is the President of Vollmer Cultural Consultants where he directs major projects with museums, private collectors and advises auction houses in North America, Asia and Australia.




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