view toward QP doors showing flooring

A Student Remembers Teachers from the 1940's

Celebrating the ROM’s 100th anniversary brings to mind many memories of my time spent at the Museum in the 1940’s. I was a student at the University of Toronto, Fine Art 4T4, and many of our lectures took place at the ROM.

Rumours of Mr. Currelly

Something that people might not know about the ROM is that today's Department of Museum Volunteers Boardroom used to be Mr. Currelly's office in 1914. He had a cot in his office and would often stay the night.

portrait of man

Archaeologists Then and Now

Museums are known for the things inside them – Egyptian mummies, dinosaur fossils,  Greek and Roman marble statues, ‘stuffed’ animals and, my favorite from the Field Museum in Chicago, two adult Neanderthals standing outside

man beside tent in Egypt

First ROM Employee

Charles Trick Currelly is appointed a collector for the University of Toronto at $500/year salary.

wall mural portraying a horse and knight at a tournament

ROM Murals Created

Sylvia Hahn, an artist on staff, completed four murals in what was then the Armour Court. Displays of armour were a popular museum feature.

Currelly as a young man

"Carlo" (Charles Trick Currelly) meets important people

When I was appointed to the ROM Library in 1983, I began exploring the archives to learn about the people who had built the Museum. Among the special collections was one for the first director of the ROM of Archaeology. He was a messy man.