In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.
To kick off the one-year count down to the ROM’s conference, Cloth Cultures (November 10-12, 2017), which will commemorate Dorothy Burnham’s many legacies, and to mark Canada’s approaching 2017 Sesquicentennial, we will be posting bi-weekly excerpts from Dorothy’s journal of Keep Me Warm One Night. We hope you will enjoy this unofficial glimpse into the bygone days of the ROM, and into the pioneering days of textile studies.
Friday. August 20th
The carpenters are coming along very well with the construction in the Armour Gallery. The preparators finished their work on the bedroom and John & Harold & I got the carpet laid there & the bed in place.
Very hot. Labels, labels, labels - both writing & typing.
The carpet gets laid in the bedroom - Harold & John at the end of a hot day.
Jim has been working and cleaning and putting in order all the textile equipment for some months. Here he is replacing a dowel in one of the Acadian wheels.
He had help on the cleaning from a couple of students.