Stories

What Curators Do

What Curators Do

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

Brian Musslewhite joined the ROM as a young man. One of his first tasks was to keep the period rooms clean. They were not glassed in as they are today and there was always debris. The Victorian Room featured a beagle - one of our collection of pets donated by Toronto families - and people...

Walter Tovell, Director, 1973 -1975

Walter Tovell, Director, 1973 -1975

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Walter Tovell is appointed Director. He had been a curator in the Department of Geology who developed new galleries and was an enthusiastic leader of fieldtrips for kids and grownups. He published books and guides on the geology of Niagara Falls, the Niagara escarpment, and the Great Lakes. He...

Bats We Know and Love

Bats We Know and Love

by Holly Ginsler

1980s

Many things come and go in our lives--our clothes, our exercise routines, our favourite TV shows-- but the ROM will always be a part of my life. There were bursting bus school trips in the late 1960s and 1970s. There were lone trips in the early 1980s seeking an escape from an overwhelming...

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

by Rita Cacciotti Attard

1980s

I have always loved the Museum. I would spend every minute that I could there, sometimes doing my homework in the company of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs or dinosaurs. I loved everything about the museum. When I started working, one of the first things I did was purchase a lifetime membership to the...

Egyptian Earrings

Egyptian Earrings

by Rachel Berman

1970s

When I was ten, I was a member of the ROM's Saturday Morning Club. I had recently had my ears pierced for my tenth birthday, which was a pretty big deal at the time. Our group was looking at a display of Egyptian jewelry when the leader asked if anyone had pierced ears. My hand shot up. She...

A Student's Perspective

A Student's Perspective

by Darlene Clark Sinnott

1970s

Prof. Heinrich was at the ROM 1955-62. He taught one year, 1965-66, in Regina and went on to teach 15 years, 1966 until his death, at York University.  He taught me Museum Studies during my first year, 1975-76. It was not only a wonderfully wide-ranging, but a very valuable course. I often...

Alone with the Mummy

by Milton Holmes

1970s

When I was in Grade 5 our class had a trip to the ROM. I had a new cardigan which my mother told me not to wear because I'd probably lose it. I convinced her that I would not, but sure enough, I came home without it. The next day, my mom made me take the Mississauga Transit to the subway and...

17th millionth visitor

17th millionth visitor

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

Following the opening of ROM's doors on March 19, 1914, 17 million visitors have walked through the galleries. In a decade, attendance has grown by 6 million visitors.

James Cruise, Director 1975 - 85

James Cruise, Director 1975 - 85

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

James Cruise is appointed Director.  A botanist, he has been recruited from the University of Toronto. For the next decade, he oversees physical expansion and a new mission that is captioned “Meaningful Survival”. Almost immediately, the dream must be revised, as the provincial government...

The Consummate Collector from Guyana

by Burton Lim

1970s

About 15 years ago, I got a phone call from the public entrance of the ROM. “Mr. Courtman from Guyana would like to meet somebody from mammalogy,” said the admissions staff at the front desk. I was immediately intrigued by this surprise visitor, if he was who I thought he was. David Courtman...