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National Volunteer Week | Volunteer Spotlight: Helen Hatton

Posted: April 15, 2015 - 10:00 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
Helen Hatton with wooden dinosaurs in Mexico

After one of her shifts at the Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery, ROM volunteer Helen Hatton said to her husband, “Honey, do you want to hear about the sex life of hissing cockroaches?” Her husband, whom Helen describes as “a delightful retired geek,” calmly replied, “Let’s have a drink first.”

He later observed that Helen and her colleagues at the ROM were all “a bit around the bend.” “He’s right,” Helen admits. “And that’s what I love!”

Pompeii Saga: Last Day

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 14:14 , by Sarah Horsfall
Antique colour illustration (c. 1866) of Mount Vesuvious erupting

The horrors of the Mount Vesuvius eruption were buried under volcanic ash. Thankfully one scholarly young man wrote the story of his own survival.

By: Douglas Thomson


Earth's Archives: Every Rock Tells a Story Part 1

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:52 , by Sarah Horsfall


By: Ian Nicklin

Hermatite is a common ore of iron that was extensively mined in northern England in the 19th century. The miners referrred to globular aggregates of hermatite, such as this, as "kidney-ore" since it reminded them of the organ. We call this shape "reniform," which means the same thing: kidney-shaped.

Sasha Priewe: Ancient Cultures, World Art, Textiles and Fashions

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:37 , by Sarah Horsfall
Sascha Priewe, managing director of Ancient Cultures, World Art and Culture, and Textiles and Fashions

The ROM's Sascha Priewe is a guy with a lot on the go

By: Sheeza Sarfraz

Sascha Priewe

Managing Director
ROM Ancient Cultures, ROM World Art and Culture, ROM Textiles and Fashions 

Academic Positions

2009 – 2015
Chinese and Korean Collections, The British Museum

Visiting Curator
Shanghai Museum 

2008 – 2009  
Contributing Curator
The British Museum


Getting Lost with Galloway

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:45 , by Sarah Horsfall
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Matt Galloway, the host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio.

We sat down with CBC's Matt Galloway to find out exactly what keeps bringing him back to the ROM

By: Douglas Thomson

Q: Do you visit the museum often? 

A: Yes, I have a couple of young kids. We come on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes if there’s a special event, but also sometimes we come just to wander around. It’s a great place to explore—one of the places we go to just spend time in the city. That’s a
big thing for our family, to be out and about in Toronto as much as we can.  

Blue Whale Update

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:20 , by Sarah Horsfall
Three men working next to a shipping container that contains the Blue Whale bones and manure.

Blue Whale Update


Museum Monday with Melissa - April 13, 2015

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:15 , by admin
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Museum Monday with Melissa

This coming week will be more focused on workshops and learning in creative ways. 

National Volunteer Week | Volunteers cataloguing backyard biodiversity

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 10:00 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
A young participant holds up a spotted salamander in their hands for closer inspection. Photo by Tallie Garey.

Volunteers at the Royal Ontario Museum are an integral element throughout our galleries and supporting a wide variety of our public programs throughout the year, including holiday programming, ROMKids camps, Sleepovers, and more!

But this National Volunteer Week, we also want to recognize, and sincerely thank, the host of volunteers who come from all across Ontario to support a major community program of which the ROM is an important partner: the Ontario Bioblitz.

National Volunteer Week: Thank You, ROM Volunteers!

Posted: April 12, 2015 - 10:00 , by Mark Engstrom

This week marks National Volunteer Week, an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the important contributions that volunteers make each day in Canada and around the globe. Volunteer Canada says volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effects have both a direct impact and far-reaching ripples that improve our communities. At the ROM, we are proud to celebrate the incredible volunteers who help the Museum build community, nurture discovery, and create a superb experience for our visitors.

When Friends come to visit...

Posted: April 9, 2015 - 11:25 , by David Rudkin
The friends of Palaeontology visit the collections with curator, Jean-Bernard Caron.

The ROM’s Centre of Discovery - Fossils & Evolution is most fortunate to have an enthusiastic circle of dedicated Member supporters in the Friends of Palaeontology. Friends work closely with staff in the Palaeontology section to help develop and deliver popular public programs, including Identification Clinics, Family Weekends, March Break and Friday Night Live activities, and ROM Walks.