The Museum Cat
- 1968 - 1982
This is ROMA, one of two rescue cats who were responsible for rodent control during the 60s. The Museum photographer posed her in the studio. Gladys Wong, a cleaner, brought them from Woodbine Racetrack and fed them as part of her job. They hung out next to the security officers' room in the basement, and there is a whisper that one window looking out onto Philosopher's Walk was left open a crack - something that wouldn't happen today.
Editor's Note:Since first publishing this story, I have learned more about ROMA. She was very popular with staff and did a great deal of work, but got into trouble with the building supervisor when the 'new' dinosaur gallery opened (1969) and she used the forest sand floor as a litterbox!