Stories

ROM or Rome?

by Rolande Smith

1980s

About 35 years ago my sister and I were new to Toronto. Once when I was visiting my sister at her house in the west end, we stopped on the front porch to talk to her neighbour who was also on her front porch with her three year old son. The mother asked the boy to tell us what was his favourite...

The Night the Bells Were Silent

The Night the Bells Were Silent

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1930s

This story comes from Elvira Hamilton, who joined the ROM in 1913 and was a staff member for 48 years. " I well remember the night the bells didn't ring throughout the Museum. This was the responsibility of the guard on duty. I don't recall his name but he had a physique that would...

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

by Jeanne Beker

1960s

I remember as a little girl growing up in Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to go to the ROM on a Saturday afternoon and gaze at the (invisible) knight in shining armour--that suit conjured up such romantic visions for me! As I grew older, and my love of fashion blossomed, I...

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

The ROM celebrates its 60 year anniversary. Cosmetic changes are made to the interior and exterior.

A Fish Story

A Fish Story

by Julia Matthews

1980s

The ROM moved quickly when it was given a frozen coelacanth that had been caught live in April 1987. It was displayed in a glass-topped freezer. Once this species was thought to be extinct. Nowadays, you can watch a video of swimming fish in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Friends! Registrars! Hand me that ear!

by Beth Watkins

1990s

While a student in the University of Toronto's Museum Studies Master's program in 1996-8, I had an internship in the West Asian collections with Bill Pratt, assisting him with an inventory of the Egyptology collections. We took turns with tasks, one of us at a laptop - and it must have...

Another Reopening

Another Reopening

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

At a cost of $56 million, the ROM is ready to reopen. The public are displeased to find that much of the increased gallery space is empty.

Playing Hooky

by H.J. Francisci

2010s

In 2011, my employer participated in a cultural exchange program where francophone students from Quebec were given the opportunity to work in Toronto for the summer. The student who was assigned to work in my department was an enthusiastic young girl from Montreal who connected well with all of us....

Chasing Centipedes

Chasing Centipedes

by Tony Hanik

1980s

The Curatorial Centre was built with a high level of security in mind. The stairways to each floor were locked off daily at 6 pm and subsequent access was only available by pass keys for the elevator. This meant that each week day a security officer would unlock the stairway doors from top to...

Extraordinary Library Service

Extraordinary Library Service

by Arthur Smith

1990s

One of my favourite memories of working on the Reference Desk in the ROM Library is the day a ROM researcher came to the Library looking for a specific journal article that could not be located in Toronto. It looked as if we were going to have to request an InterLibrary Loan from the United States,...