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Monthly Archive: December

National Volunteer Week 2016

Posted: April 11, 2016 - 16:51 , by Cheryl Blackman
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White text on purple background, celebrating National Volunteer Week from April 10 - 16.

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week. The ROM is supported by a vibrant and passionate community of volunteers that contribute to making the Museum an exceptional place to visit.

Q&A with new ROM Director & CEO Josh Basseches

Posted: March 30, 2016 - 08:17 , by admin
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Portrait of Josh in the Rotunda

Yesterday we welcomed Josh Basseches, the new Director & CEO of the ROM. A transformational leader for more than two decades, Basseches brings an extraordinary depth of global museum insight to his new role. His vision includes enhancing the relevance and impact of the Museum by throwing the doors of the institution wide open and dramatically strengthening all aspects of the visitor experience. 

Five Answers to WP "Y?"

Posted: March 18, 2016 - 12:19 , by Stacey Kerr
A red fox carries the smaller body of an arctic fox in its mouth that it has hunted and killed. The 2015 winning photo by Canadian Don Gutoski of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Jessica Gordon

We live in an age where almost anyone with a cell phone can take a picture and share it with everyone almost instantly. In spite of this we continue to take and fall in love with photos of nature and the wildlife that surrounds us. We continue to push the boundaries of where we can go while taking cameras along with us. The question becomes: why do we still carry on the tradition? Why is wildlife photography so important to us? Here are five answers to the question, "why?".

Out of the Vaults for March Break: Ancient sculpture from Cyprus

Posted: March 15, 2016 - 16:56 , by Kay Sunahara
Archival photo c.1885 of artifacts from Cyprus, Tamassos- Frangissa excavation

Ancient votive sculptures from Cyprus - get the story behind the artifacts you will see in our March Break 2016 galleries this week.

Wildlife Photography: Behind the Camera

Posted: March 15, 2016 - 12:24 , by Stacey Kerr
A bolt of lightning streaks across a purple sky over the mountains and rainforests of Sri Lanka

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication students Aisha Parkhill-Goyette and Jeff Dickie

Imagine you are deep in the jungle of Sri Lanka. You find yourself blinded by the pouring rain, knee deep in a rushing river, desperately trying not to fall in. Lightning strikes only meters away, but instead you are worried about the small tickle by your left elbow, and you are hoping that it is not one of the dozens of land leeches that keep falling onto you from the trees above. Not everyone has what it takes to be a wildlife photographer. It takes a special kind of dedication and a special kind of person - someone who is just as wild as the creatures they are trying to capture on camera.

EVC Students Jeff and Aisha interviewed a pair of up-and-coming wildlife photographers who travelled with ROM mammalogist Burton Lim to Sri Lanka last fall, to share some stories about what it's like behind the camera.

Museums and millennials: the secret may lie in video games

Posted: March 8, 2016 - 11:33 , by admin
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Photo: Visitor testing out Gam Jam games

ROM partners with indie video game developer Last Hour Games to engage Millennials through new media.

How Drone Photography is Saving Wildlife

Posted: March 3, 2016 - 15:41 , by Stacey Kerr
Research conducted by scientists from the NOAA Fisheries and the Vancouver Aquarium using the hexacopter to capture images of killer whales to assess their health. Photo from NOAA Fisheries.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Lisa Milosavljevic

A number of photos in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit make use of aerial photography techniques, including the use of drone photography. There is also a growing demand for its use in professional and academic fields as people are recognizing how drones can be a valuable tool in their work; one of these areas is wildlife conservation. Here we are going to look at the different ways in how drone photography is saving wildlife around the world, as well as some of the controversies and questions that this developing technology raises.

#EmptyROM 3 - Hungry in the Hammer

Posted: February 29, 2016 - 12:24 , by Ryan Dodge
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Leslie from Hungry in the Hammer sent in some of her photos from our last #EmptyROM tour!

Captivating Images from Winners of the ROM Photographer of the Year Contest

Posted: February 26, 2016 - 15:55 , by Stacey Kerr
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winning photo of the ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Photo Contest - a coyote drinks from a stream in Toronto, photo by Steven Rose

More than 2250 photos were submitted by people from across Ontario in the 1st Annual ROM Photographer of the Year Contest, and a shot from Steven Rose of Scarborough of a coyote drinking from a stream in an undisclosed Toronto park takes home the grand prize.

#EmptyROM - Libby Roach

Posted: February 26, 2016 - 09:06 , by Ryan Dodge
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On Feb. 24th we held our 3rd #EmptyROM tour. Here are Libby's photos