Stories

Worlds to Explore

Worlds to Explore

by Julia Matthews

1990s

This assorted group came from many departments but the at the core were fast-learning librarians and library technicians. No one's job description mentioned the web: it was a volunteer effort. The ROM was a very early adaptor among museums. From the vantage point of twenty years later, it...

New Director

New Director

by Julia Matthews

1990s

John McNeill is appointed Director. He has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.

Friday Nights

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Free admission (after 4:30) on Friday nights launches and is a huge success from the start...

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

We liked this scene so  much that we commissioned a poster

Fact? or Fiction?

by Julia Matthews

1990s

The launch of what has become a popular annual fundraising event. Curators enjoy lying and attendees are fascinated by the challenges they are given.  The proceeds from the first one go to support the web site.which has been launched without extra funding.

A Wonderful Gift

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Herman Hertzog Levy leaves $15 million for the purchase of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, and sculpture. He has already donated many marvellous objects from his own collections. One interesting proviso is that the funds must be spent within 5 years, and so the curators he trusted are able to bid...

ROM Foundation Establshed

ROM Foundation Establshed

by Julia Matthews

1990s

The Foundation is established to be responsible for all philanthropic activities in support of the Museum's highest priorities. Nowadays, the office of the ROM Governors is supported by an independent Board which provides leadership in a wide range of activities supporting ROM programs,...

New Director

New Director

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Lindasy Sharp is appointed. He comes to the ROM from Australia and is a museum man. His title is President and CEO.

An Important Benefactor

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Louise Hawley Stone donates $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position, a chair in Far Eastern Art named for her. (In 2013 there are 8 endowed curatorships)

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Louise Hawley Stone leaves a $45 million trust fund to support the purchase of artifacts and specimens and to support museum publications.