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.
Tuesday - August 17th
The carpenters are going well but otherwise things seem to be moving very slowly. We got the weaving shop pretty well into order. The wrong paper was sent for the bedroom so we're held up on that.
John getting a rod up for the coverlets to hang from the roof of the weavers shed.
Alan Russell with his head on his shoulders, his feet on the ground - and a smile on his face!
John & Jerry with plans - Harold looks ov-