Monthly Archive: September 2013
Tips for toddlers visiting the ROM
Recently we had a visit from Karla Courtney and her son Marshall who run an internationally awarded blog, The [Tiny} Times (www.tinytimes.com).
Why Do We Take Photographs? : Visitors Respond
The landmark exhibit “Genesis” just closed at the Royal Ontario Museum. An “Activation Area” in the exhibit invited visitors to engage with issues at a personal level...
Engaging our Audiences: Announcing a new addition to the ROM Executive Team
Following an extensive international search, the Museum has hired Dr. Xerxes Mazda as Deputy Director, Engagement.
Weapon Wednesday: a Romano-Egyptian sword hilt
A look at a cast bronze sword hilt, acquired before 1910 in Cairo by Charles Currelly and presently in the Eaton Gallery of Rome.
Ontario BioBlitz 2013: Report from the Field
400 avidly curious citizen-scientists embarked on the 2013 Ontario BioBlitz, held at Rouge Park outside Toronto, on September 14 and 15.
Weapons are one of the most politically-incorrect subjects there are, associated with brutality and violence. But they are also important, and have often defined the cultures that made them....
Objects and stories from Namibia
The ROM recently acquired several Himba (from the northwestern Kuenene Region of Namibia) accessories and garments collected by Paul Welhauser, the founder of Nharo!
Restoring a Rebel Pharaoh’s Kingdom: In the field with Prof. Barry Kemp
Laura Ranieri's experience working with Prof. Barry Kemp CBE of Cambridge University and a small archaeology team as they excavated and partially reconstructed Akhenaten's Great Temple of Aten in Egypt.
A Pair of 18th Century French Panniers Arrives at the ROM!
Read along as I delve into the process of housing a set of newly acquired 18th century panniers!
Interview: Egyptologist Barry Kemp
Professor Barry Kemp CBE is an esteemed British Egyptologist who has been excavating at Amarna for 35 years. His critically acclaimed book, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, was released in 2012 and is available online and in bookstores. He spoke at the ROM on September 19, 2013. I was lucky enough to spend two weeks at the site of Amarna in February of 2013. During that time, I had the opportunity to interview Prof. Kemp. The following is an edited version of that conversation. All photos copyright Laura Ranieri, 2013.