Stories

Lindsay Sharp, President and CEO, 1997- 2000

Lindsay Sharp, President and CEO, 1997- 2000

by Array Array

1990s

Lindsay Sharp is appointed. He comes to the ROM from museum experiences in England and in Australia. His title (a first) is President and CEO. Here he talks about how he was hired.

ROM Murals Created

ROM Murals Created

by Array Array

1940s

Sylvia Hahn, an artist on staff, completed four murals in what was then the Armour Court. Displays of armour were a popular museum feature. Charles Currelly, Director of the ROM of Archaeology,  thought that armour was an important resource for teaching about history and craftsmanship. Keeping...

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

by Array Array

2000s

Hilary Weston leads the fundraising campaign, which will restore the heritage architecture and build "the crystal". She announces a gift of $30 million from Michael Lee Chin, the largest gift to a museum in Canadian history.

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

by Array Array

1980s

The founders of this new initiative had in mind exhibits of photography, but the mandate evolved. Shows were mounted once a year. One early show depicted and analysed teenage tribes. Over the years, the mission has grown to encompass innovative exhibits and public events tackling living societies...

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

by Array Array

1970s

James Cruise is appointed Director.  A botanist, he has been recruited from the University of Toronto. For the next decade, he oversees physical expansion and a new mission that is captioned “Meaningful Survival”. Almost immediately, the dream must be revised, as the provincial government...

ROM's Champion

ROM's Champion

by Array Array

1910s

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as...

Life in the Biodiversity Gallery

Life in the Biodiversity Gallery

by Array Array

1980s

ROM changed my life by giving me the opportunity to volunteer at the Biodiversity Gallery. A dream come true. I got to work and meet some very talented and dedicated people and my life was made better for it. I was able to write articles for the Gallery's newsletter sharing adventures and...

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

by Array Array

2000s

Staff, volunteers, workers, and the architect sign the last steel beam to be put in place.

Partial to Pyramids?

Partial to Pyramids?

by Array Array

2000s

The memory is fleeting but it seems to me the gallery that housed the ROM’s mummy Anjau was much more spacious and brightly lit when I first visited him 26 years ago. Or could it be the lens of a 10 year old’s joy which fills the scene with so much light? I was captivated by everything Egyptian...

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

by Array Array

1960s

Peter Swann is announced as the next Director. In 1966, he tackles the space issue first. The ROM must expand or choke to death.