Stories

Partial to Pyramids?

Partial to Pyramids?

by Sarah Kinsey

2000s

The memory is fleeting but it seems to me the gallery that housed the ROM’s mummy Anjau was much more spacious and brightly lit when I first visited him 26 years ago. Or could it be the lens of a 10 year old’s joy which fills the scene with so much light? I was captivated by everything Egyptian...

Moving In

Moving In

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.

Gayle's Story

Gayle's Story

by Gayle Gibson

1950s

When I was a girl in Grade School, my parents allowed me to take the bus and streetcar, by myself, down to the Museum every Sunday afternoon. I guess the world seemed a safer place in those days.  My first visit had been with my Brownie troop, little girls marching up and down the grand stairway,...

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant.

Streamlining, Budget woes, Celebrating

Streamlining, Budget woes, Celebrating

by Julia Matthews

1980s

A major organisational change results in three streams: curatorial; education and communication; and administration and facilities. Finance Committee at Queen ‘s Park calls senior managers to explain cost overruns. The first 25 year service dinner is held and staff are presented with a lapel pin...

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Hilary Weston leads the fundraising campaign, which will restore the heritage architecture and build "the crystal". She announces a gift of $30 million from Michael Lee Chin, the largest gift to a museum in Canadian history.

90th Birthday

90th Birthday

by Julia Matthews

2000s

A birthday party with cake and balloons is also the chance to announce that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Hilary and Galen Weston will donate $20 million each.

Groundbeaking Ceremony

by Julia Matthews

2000s

At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive.

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

by Julia Matthews

1980s

The founders of this new initiative had in mind exhibits of photography. Shows were mounted once a year. One early show depicted and analysed teenage tribes. Over the years, the mission has grown to encompass innovative exhibits and public events tackling living societies and the natural world....

Winnifred Needler

Winnifred Needler

by Annette Boenke-Jarek

1950s

Winifred (Friedl) Needler joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1935 as a draughtsman-cataloguer.  She took a year's leave to study Egyptian and Near Eastern archaeology, along with Middle Egyptian (hieroglyphics) at Yale, which study she continued upon return to the ROM under the...