Stories

A History of Ghosts

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2000s

I have fond memories of the time that Dan Aykroyd and his father Peter appeared at the ROM in October 2009 for a lecture and signing for Peter Aykroyd's book A History of Ghosts. Particularly memorable was the introduction by the ROM staff member, who recounted her own ghostly encounter at the...

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

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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...

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...

Rumours of Mr. Currelly

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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 date

First date

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2000s

I have been a ROM member since 2009 and an enthusiast since childhood. When visiting the ROM I spend most of my time at the kids biodiversity discovery area; when alone you will find me wandering the halls of natural history exhibits... and sometimes Egypt. I took Carrie on our first date to the...

First ROM Employee

First ROM Employee

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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...

J. H. Fleming, Ornithologist Extraordinaire

J. H. Fleming, Ornithologist Extraordinaire

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1940s

J. H. Fleming dies. He has had office space at the ROM since the 20s, when he willed his ornithological collection to the Museum. It was then the largest and most comprehensive private collection of skins, mounts, eggs in North America, with a special focus on birds of paradise. With it came his...

Under Our Noses

Under Our Noses

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2000s

This is the story of how a new curator, David Evans, found the amazing barosaurus, which we named Gordo (for the curator, Gord Edmund, who had received it in the 60's). 

Another Chronometer Bites the Dust

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1980s

It was late on a Friday in my first summer here when my coworker and I found ourselves with some spare time on our hands. We stuffed a labcoat and made a fairly lifelike torso. To this we added a pair of stuffed workpants and hung both from a coat rack in the lab, adding a stuffed sample bag for a...

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

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2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches (and submits)  his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant. William Thorsell talks about the process.