100 Years of Collecting | Level 1

  • The Commemorative Manuscript: This handsomely illuminated manuscript is of great importance to the ROM. It not only preserves Sir Edmund Walker’s historic opening day address but it gives us, one hundred years later, a good glimpse at some of the objects and specimens displayed at the moment the Museum opened its doors for very the first time.
    The Commemorative Manuscript: This handsomely illuminated manuscript is of great importance to the ROM. It not only preserves Sir Edmund Walker’s historic opening day address but it gives us, one hundred years later, a good glimpse at some of the objects and specimens displayed at the moment the Museum opened its doors for very the first time.
  • Persian Plate: This ceramic plate features a motif uncommon on Persian Blue and White ware — a single large bird covered with floral ornament in reserve. Currelly most probably came across the piece in Cairo during the winter of 1907-1908, when hunting for Islamic artifacts with his colleague Mr. G.D. Hornblower. 908x25.53
    Persian Plate: This ceramic plate features a motif uncommon on Persian Blue and White ware — a single large bird covered with floral ornament in reserve. Currelly most probably came across the piece in Cairo during the winter of 1907-1908, when hunting for Islamic artifacts with his colleague Mr. G.D. Hornblower. 908x25.53
  • Gladiator Helmet: The bronze helmet of a Roman gladiator copies the original found at Pompeii in southern Italy. Gladiatorial helmets with elaborate decoration are very rare, so the ROM purchased this finely made copy for teaching purposes in the galleries. 910.94.71
    Gladiator Helmet:The bronze helmet of a Roman gladiator copies the original found at Pompeii in southern Italy. Gladiatorial helmets with elaborate decoration are very rare, so the ROM purchased this finely made copy for teaching purposes in the galleries. 910.94.71

Open until April 5, 2015
Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court

On March 19, 1914, the Duke of Connaught officially opened the doors of the Royal Ontario Museum for the first time.  As a memento, he was presented with a beautifully illustrated manuscript, richly decorated with representations of objects on display at the ROM opening day.  The manuscript is a prologue to the 100 years of collecting this exhibition celebrates.


Centennial Government Partners

OntarioOCAF: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Staff

Doug Currie

Vice-President, Department of Natural History and Senior Curator of Entomology

Paul Denis

Assistant Curator (Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine)

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