Stories

A "ReCollection" of the Collections

A "ReCollection" of the Collections

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1970s

In response to the question in ROM Magazine’s Winter 2013/2014 issue (page 14) regarding whether anyone took Peter C. Swann’s advice to preserve their copies of the bulletin: Yes, I did. I have a bound set of Rotunda, with issues from 1968 to 1980. As the artist who designed the magazine, I not...

99 going on 100

99 going on 100

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2010s

My grandma is the same age as the ROM, so this year's centennial celebrations are extra meaningful for me personally! Editor's note: To compare the institution with a person is a most interesting perspective from which to gauge time passing and changes that have occurred.

MUSEUM (poem)

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2010s

I believe museums should be about affectivity-- that one should be able to simultaneously 'lose' oneself and connect to something larger. Here's a poem I wrote on the subject that I am pleased to share in honour of ROM ReCollects: MUSEUM Matinée monuments stories in surround...

Word Gets Around

Word Gets Around

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2010s

  Our front desk staff are both welcoming and long-serving. Estrella Trojman recalls that once some Argentinian visitors came up to her. “Our friends in Argentina told us to go to the ROM when we were in Toronto and ask for Estrella, who speaks Spanish”.

The Bishop White Committee

The Bishop White Committee

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1960s

Louise Hawley Stone founds the Bishop White Committee, which still exists. It was the prototype for "Friends of...." various departments. Every year there is a festive banquet (a few teacups are on view here) and an inspiring speaker. This is just one of Mrs. Stone's many...

Visiting the ROM as a solo kid in the early 1960s

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1960s

  I was born in Toronto in the early 1950s and grew up just east of High Park and south of Bloor Street. I don’t remember my first visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, but recall that somewhere around the ages of eight or ten I very much wanted to go to the ROM and explore its galleries,...

Accessibility

Accessibility

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1980s

These visitors are learning about the ROM's initiatives in making the collections accessible. There is a long history of programs with that aim, which continues today.

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

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1910s

One day, Currelly was showing a distinguished visitor around at the end of the day. Thus he missed another caller, who left a card. Seeing the name of George Crofts on that card, Currelly tracked him to the King Edward Hotel.  He told this man, whose reputation as a collector of Chinese...

The Night the Bells Were Silent

The Night the Bells Were Silent

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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...

Earliest Memories

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2000s

Visiting the ROM was probably my first childhood memory, and as far as I know it's what got me hooked on history. From the perspective of a three year old, the place was massive. I remember staring up in awe at the bones of an enormous Barosaurus. It looked as if it stretched up all the way to...