Stories

A Museum for the University

A Museum for the University

by Julia Matthews

1900s

A Royal Commission on the Future of the University recommends establishing a university museum. Sir Edmund Walker has had a concept in mind for at least 20 years. “Every year’s delay is a misfortune, not only to the education of the students.... but to the education and material welfare of the...

Early Group Photo

Early Group Photo

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The guards had to dust the displays before opening the museums. Some of the men did double duty because they were skilled glaziers and fine carpenters. All we know of Miss Hand was that she wrote a letter asking to be allowed a lunch break. I am grateful to whoever had the idea of recording this...

ROM exhibit cases from 1914

ROM exhibit cases from 1914

by Tom Reitz

March 19, 1914

Like many museums across Ontario, the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener has benefitted from gifts from the Royal Ontario Museum - particularly when it has upgraded exhibit cases during past renovations. The Waterloo Region Museum has several oak exhibit cases, with brass fittings, that we...

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

by Julia Matthews

1900s

On April 16, 1912, Bill 138 formally establishing the ROM received Royal Assent to “provide a home for culture and science under the same academical roof”. Press coverage was slight owing to the sinking of the Titanic. There were to be five ROMs, each with a director. The Board of Trustees was...

Approval to Begin is Secured

Approval to Begin is Secured

by Julia Matthews

1900s

Approval for cost-sharing between the University and the Government of Ontario means that construction can begin.   Edmund Osler who is Chairman of the Conservative caucus twists the Premier’s arm by offering to cover costs himself. He becomes an original Board member and is a faithful donor....

Rumours of Mr. Currelly

by Sally Tuck

1900s

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. Rumour also has it that, prior to the ROM's opening in 1914, he was...

First ROM Employee

First ROM Employee

by Julia Matthews

1900s

Charles Trick Currelly is appointed a collector for the University of Toronto at $500/year salary. He is working on excavations in Egypt and when back in Toronto, he arranges to display some of the material collected so that the people he is cultivating will be infected with enthusiasm and write...