The Royal Ontario Museum! I’m planning on coming back to Toronto for longer, later on, so I only let myself snoop around the floor about natural history. I got so excited, I’m such a nerd. Also did some sketches, so maybe I should update my art blog!
AWESOME PHOTOS! Thanks for makin’ it out to the Museum! #rom photo tour
To get ready for Early Life Weekend, I took a trip up to the Royal Ontario Museum’s palaeontology department and hung out with Dave Rudkin.
Dave Rudkin is the Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the ROM and a truly great guy. Dave’s been busy preparing for the Gallery of Early Life, a permanent gallery opening in 2014, but he still found time to show me around the invertebrate palaeontology collections.
What I like most about Dave is that he always has time to support children’s programming, whether it’s to lend a few objects for a weekend, or just chat about palaeontology. His energy is infectious and he loves trilobites SO MUCH.
As all y’all know, I LOVE dinosaurs, and have spent a ton of time up in vertebrate palaeontology collection (of which you can see a few photos of here), but I’ve have had merely a glimpse of the workings of the invertebrate side.
This photo set features all sorts of animals from BEFORE the dinosaurs, the time when life first evolved on Earth. The ROM is a world leader in research on first life, specifically from the Burgess Shale site, so we have an absolutely PACKED collections room full of prehistoric treasures.
SATURDAY APRIL 20th, 11AM to 3PM: THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
I’m extremely excited for this event. By now, I’m sure you know how much I love connecting curators and archaeologists with families. This Saturday we’re doing just that with a very special one off event on an iconic Canadian moment lost to history, the Franklin Expedition.
Find out about fascinating new research into John Franklin’s mysterious and deadly 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Why did the Expedition fail, and where are the remains of the lost vessels today?
Ken Lister will describe the provisioning of Arctic expeditions and present ROM research and artifacts investigating the possibility of lead poisoning of the Franklin Expedition’s crew.
The format is “Meet and Greet” and is open for ALL AGES. Marc-André, Ryan and Ken will be on the floor fielding your questions and comments and will give you a unique insight into their research. They’ll also have some fabulous artefacts out to show you. Best of it all, it takes place in our First Peoples Gallery, which will help provide a deeper context into Canada’s origins, and the history of the Franklin Expedition.
- The CBC has an absolutely wonderful minisite of the the Franklin Expedition with Searching For Franklin. Make sure to check it out. A wonderful primer for Saturday.
- Top 3 photos courtesy of Parks Canada.
- Photo of Ken Lister courtesy of Ken Lister.