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Monthly Archive: December

Glimpses of Upper Burma: Clement Williams (1833-1879)

Posted: August 31, 2018 - 18:22 , by Deepali Dewan
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Black and white pagoda image

Pagoda

The recently-acquired collection of photography, documents, and artifacts provides a rare glimpse into Upper Burma before colonization, allowing us to consider the intersection of politics, trade, and religion in the 19th century. Written by Ron Graham and Deepali Dewan.

Appreciation of Indigenous Storytelling with Sister Spider

Posted: August 30, 2018 - 11:30 , by Sarah Elliott
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Written by Carly Brascoupé, Kiowa Wind Memorial Indigenous Youth Intern

“Origins of Chintz,” The Exhibit: A Look Back to 1970

Posted: July 6, 2018 - 12:10 , by Sarah Fee
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View of the Exhibition “Origins of Chintz”

Origins of Chintz pamphlet

“Chintz… the exotic fabric from India that caught Europe’s fancy… So popular it was banned in England and France… Revolutionized Europe’s textile printing industry.”

Safavid Tile Project II: Rebuilding the Friezes

Posted: June 26, 2018 - 12:28 , by Robert Mason
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976.298.123 Tiled arch frieze of dragon-slaying scene, made in Isfahan, Iran, Safavid Period 17th century AD; here photographed in the old ROM Islamic gallery

The ROM's Wirth Gallery of The Middle East is blessed with two complete friezes of cuerda seca tiles that would have been in the spandrels of arches. These were made in Iran in the last third of the 17th century under the Safavid dynasty, probably in Isfahan. They were bought by the ROM in 1974 by Curator Lisa Golombek together with a number of other tiles that make up parts of these friezes, or sometimes individual tiles.

Safavid Tile Project I: The Technology

Posted: June 26, 2018 - 12:27 , by Robert Mason
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976.298.6-47 one of the ROM's complete Safavid tile friezes, of a picnic scene, photographed here in the old ROM galleries from the 1980's.

Some of the most noticeable objects in the ROM's Wirth Gallery of The Middle East are two friezes of tiles that would have been in the spandrels of arches. These were made in Iran in the last third of the 17th century under the Safavid dynasty, probably for a palatial building in Isfahan. The ROM also has parts of other spandrel friezes, and also some stray tiles that belong to yet other friezes. In order to understand these objects more fully, ROM staff have been undertaking research on the tiles.

The Healing Power of Dinosaurs: A look at Dinosaur Day at The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted: June 20, 2018 - 16:44 , by admin
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Photo of a girl at Sick Kids doing a dinosaur craft. Photo credit Mark Bernards3

Written by Min Wong, Outreach Volunteer, Member of Friends of Palaeontology

#ROMSocial - Museum Highlights

Posted: April 26, 2018 - 08:46 , by Ryan Dodge
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Tour the museum before we OPEN!

National Volunteer Week 2018: Sharon Aitken

Posted: April 18, 2018 - 07:13 , by Ryan Dodge
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Get to know some of our volunteers this week!

Minecraft and Museums together at the ROM

Posted: April 16, 2018 - 14:57 , by Sarah Elliott
a Minecraft tower with red, yellow, and purple roads leading in different directions away from it

For over a year, the Learning Department has been hard at work on the development of a new approach to museum virtual visits: building an online experience using an adventure map in Minecraft to teach elementary students about Responsible Mining. We’re excited to announce that we have reached the pilot testing phase!

National Volunteer Week 2018: Lynne Wood

Posted: April 14, 2018 - 09:32 , by Ryan Dodge
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Get to know some of our volunteers this week!