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#ThrowbackThursday: Typewriters and Cranky Looms

Posted: February 16, 2017 - 14:55 , by Sarah Fee
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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.

Join us at the Blue Whale Media Preview!

Posted: February 10, 2017 - 10:13 , by Ryan Dodge
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Dead Blue Whale is towed behind a boat for processing

We're inviting 10 lucky people to the Media Preview for our upcoming exhibition, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.

#ThrowbackThursday: Quite a Feat

Posted: February 2, 2017 - 15:13 , by Sarah Fee
"It looks rather hopeless but it worked."

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.

Three cheers for Burgess Shale’ newest oddball animal, a worm with waving “arms”

Posted: January 30, 2017 - 20:00 , by admin
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By Jean-Bernard Caron, Senior Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Ontario Museum 

Sports et divertissements: a unique resource for researchers in design history

Posted: January 27, 2017 - 16:54 , by Brendan Edwards
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Portfolio cover of Sports et divertissements

Toronto based researcher, illustrator and textile artist, Ketzia Sherman, discusses the ROM Library & Archives' recent acquisition of a rare copy of Sports et divertissements, a musical score by Erik Satie with pochoir illustrations by Charles Martin, hand-coloured by Jules Saudé (Paris: Publications Lucien Vogel, [1923]).

#ThrowbackThursday: Stippling the Walls

Posted: January 19, 2017 - 12:00 , by Sarah Fee
"Frank finishing painting the weaving shed."

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.

Archaeological Approaches to Ceramics

Posted: January 17, 2017 - 14:01 , by Craig Cipolla
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Huron pottery from ROM's New World Archaeology collection

Back in October, we posted the first in a series of blog entries dedicated to ROM curator, Craig Cipolla’s collaborative research project with Wyandot artists Richard Zane Smith and Catherine Tammaro entitled, “Remembering Ancient Pottery Traditions.” We encourage readers to look back and review the general goals of the project before diving into this post. In this entry we report on the specific ceramic collections that we viewed and discussed with Richard and Catherine, summarizing typical archaeological approaches to Huron ceramics.

The Book of Life

Posted: January 16, 2017 - 21:29 , by Ryan Dodge
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These rock layers near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, hold Canada’s oldest dinosaurs. They are near the boundary of two chapters of geologic time – the Triassic and Jurassic Periods of the Mesozoic Era. (Photo by Victoria Arbour)

By Dr. Victoria Arbour, ROM Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Mystery of conical fossils solved, after 175 years

Posted: January 11, 2017 - 13:57 , by admin
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Student holding shale slabs with fossils.

My name is Joe Moysiuk, I am a 20-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Toronto enrolled in both the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth Sciences. I am excited to announce that a research paper which I am lead author of, titled Hyoliths are Palaeozoic lophophorates, has recently been published by the journal Nature This paper was based primarily on newly discovered fossils housed in the ROM’s invertebrate palaeontology collections.

Science communication at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and the Natural History Museum, London: two experts compare notes

Posted: January 10, 2017 - 11:25 , by Aaron Phillips
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An image of text panel in a museum, which reads: This is where the boundaries between the public galleries and behind-the-scenes science are blurred. Come in and explore.

Guest blog by recent EVC grad Temira Bruce comparing opinions from science communicators at museums in Toronto and London, UK, on the how the way in which museums communicate science to their visitors is changing.