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Questions and Collections VI: Research at the Museum

January 27, 2016 – April 6, 2016

Our galleries may be closed, but behind the scenes museum staff are busy working with collections and doing research to bring you fascinating and intriguing stories about Alberta's heritage. Our popular winter lecture series returns with six entertaining presentations focusing on new discoveries and new collections at the Museum and beyond the walls. Learn about past and current projects and find out how techniques and methods from other areas may be applied here too.

January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Anthony Worman, Acting Curator, Military and Political History
Mysteries in the Museum
Want to know more about an artifact? Rediscover lost information? See how conservation, forensics, and historical research are used to uncover history and solve artifact mysteries in the museum.

February 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Jocelyn Hudon, Curator, Ornithology
Nature's Ways to Colour a Bird Red
From deep crimson to brilliant red, wild birds often have colourful plumage. Hear how an unusual red pigment runs like a thread through a career studying these gorgeous displays.

February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Christian Barron-Ortiz, Assistant Curator, Quaternary Palaeontology
Unlocking the Secret Stories of Teeth
Teeth record what an animal ate, how fast it grew, where it lived, and its health while growing up. Join us to learn how scientists unlock the secret stories of teeth.

March 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Emma Knight, Curatorial Assistant, Ethnology
All the People We've Met: Memory, Meaning-making and Collections
What happens when we touch artifacts? Hear about a two-year partnership with Anishinaabe and Cree seniors that led from exploring missionary collections to visiting museums in Washington D.C.

March 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator, Western Canadian History
Quilts: Uncovering Hidden Treasures
The Alberta Quilt Project is documenting heritage quilts throughout Alberta. In the process, other fascinating stories have been unearthed. Discover Alberta's history…one quilt at a time.

April 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Carmen Li, Head, Conservation
Preserving Value: Conservation of the Royal Alberta Museum's Collections
From rubber stamps to iron lungs to beaded moccasins, find out how RAM's conservators tailor conservation treatments and approaches to preserve what is significant for each object!