A child’s armour from ~1550 Germany. Armour was incredibly expensive, so a family outfitting their child in this was not looking to send him to war but instead attempting to show off their status and wealth to others.
More on the Mediaeval World!
- An Introduction To Warriors & Weapons
- Why did the crossbow become extinct on the battlefield?
- The Italian Barbut Helmet
- Tilting Helmet
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: December 2nd, 2013.
The Italian Barbut!
Above is an Italian Barbut helmet from ~1450. The smooth rounded surface helped to reduce the impact from striking blows. The relatively short helmet length and the t-shaped opening on the face increased the vision and mobility of the soldier, helping them in combat.
The Barbut styled helmet has inspired many fantasy worlds such as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (see Boba Fett)!
Interesting fact, this guy is actually on long term loan from the Met! #themoreyouknow
Museums: Dinosaurs and all the OTHER Awesome Things They Hold!
Let’s be real, probably one of the greatest parts of a museum is it’s dinosaur collection. In fact, if it wasn’t for the ROM’s dinosaur collection, I’m uncertain if my 4 year old self would have fallen in love with museums in the same way.
In a recent article from the Toronto Star, Vice President of the Royal Ontario Museum, Dan Rahimi, spoke with Paul Irish about the magic of galleries OTHER than the dinosaurs. And it’s true. The ROM, and all museums, have such incredible galleries that sometimes are overshadowed (and rightfully so, cos dinosaurs are HUGE) by the dinosaur collections.
“Yes, popular culture sometimes directs what people go looking for (like dinosaurs),” he says. “But the history of culture is no less important and this museum is dedicated to it. Really, there is something for everyone here.”
Now, to be truthful, here and on twitter, I’ve been pretty upfront about my love for dinosaurs. In fact, I actually had a sit down meeting with myself (that’s not weird is it?) and said I would post a more diverse range of photos and articles. And for the most part, I think I’ve succeeded. It’s actually helped me expand the dinosaur tunnel vision I sometimes exclusively see in and explore the wide variety of other interests I hold.
The Museum has such a wonderfully dynamic range of galleries, specimens and artefacts that deserve a bit more of the spotlight. With this said, I’ve pulled together a full set of swell photos from NOT THE DINOSAUR galleries. Enjoy (click the photos for more)!
Outside of the dinosaurs, of course, what are your favourite museum exhibits and galleries?
We had a ton of fun at last weekend’s @ROMToronto Mediaeval Fair. Honestly the best part was hanging out with Hector the Protector, but that’s the easy choice. So instead my favourite moment would be seeing so many families come out for both days. That was really special.
Relive the weekend, or check out what you missed, with these photos (click above for captions, sometimes witty, most of the time not..)!
Got some mediaeval toys for you to take a look at it. Surprisingly well built! twitter.com/ROMKids/status…— Kiron/ROMKids (@ROMKids) September 30, 2012
This fall we got a great lineup of weekend programs, check ‘em out here! See you next time!
#5Reasons for @ROMToronto’s Mediaeval Fair
#5Reasons @ROMToronto’s Mediaeval Fair (September 29/30) is going to be awesome!
My Mediaeval look.
The Mediaeval Fair at the ROM has become a bit of a tradition over the years. It’s just fun. ROM staff and Medieval reenactors get all dressed up and talk about all things Mediaeval - The way of life, swords, why knights are so cool, more about swords. Great stuff.
Here are FIVE reasons why I’m so jazzed about this event.
5. Falconry. There will actually be a falcon in the ROM and we’ll be talking about Mediaeval hunting and their use of animals. Turns out falcons - kind of a big deal.
4. All the performances, workshops, and hands-on tables. There are so many. And if you have fun Mediaeval questions, this is the perfect time to ask them!
So what’s better for a sword? Valaryian Steel or Adamantium?
3. Mediaeval dancing. Because it starts off kind of funny. And then all of sudden you’re in it too, having a jam. And let’s be real, the ROM staff working this have been taking their lunches off to practice since they’re so excited. Will be QUITE the jig. And not only will they be doing performances IN the ROM, they will also be outside (weather permitting) for Culture Days!
2. Trying on armour, holding swords, just being a regular ol’ knight.
Moms, dads, yiayias, guardians - this is an EXCELLENT photo opportunity. Nothing like a li’l kid in a steel helmet WAY too big for them.
1. Shooting arrows… in a museum. #nuffsaid
See you this weekend! And join us on twitter and tumblr for all the action!