Stories

A Technician's Life

A Technician's Life

by Brad Millen

2010s

Brad is one of those ROM staff that the visitor rarely sees, yet he is known to scientists around the world. Usually, he is two floors underground at his computer. He contributed this description of his work so that you can see how we are interconnected to our colleagues internationally. JM   ...

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...

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....

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...

Life revelation across from the ROM

by George Monteiro

2000s

For over a quarter century of my life I have been misunderstood and one day a social worker suggested that I be checked out for suspicion of a condition called "Asperger's Syndrome". Lo and behold across the street from your museum near the Grand and Toy is a building whereI was...

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...

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

by Kate Zankowicz

1970s

In July 1977, the ROM’s Discovery Room opened and was billed as a “mini-museum for the blind.” It was called the first gallery of its kind in Canada, a learning environment that emphasized hands-on engagement with original objects and specimens. Visitors crossing the threshold of the gallery...

A Different Light during the Toronto Blackout

by Deepali Dewan

2000s

During the Summer of 2003, those of us in the Asian section of the Royal Ontario Museum hosted a special visitor from India: the leader of a school of Tibetan Buddhism, one of several schools from the mountainous region of the Himalayas. He was equal in status, if not celebrity, to the Dalai Lama,...

My First Visit

by Marion Ho

1990s

My first visit to the ROM was in 1996. I came here as a grad student and the ROM was the first on my "must visit" list. I kept hearing, "They have a great Chinese collection!" I went, and I was wowed! I have never seen such a such a rich, exquisite, collection of porcelain,...

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...