Stories

Things That Cough in the Night

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1990s

After the Planetarium layoffs, some staff found other positions in the ROM. One woman who had been a greeter became a Security Officer. She had to do the lonely midnight shift, making the rounds in a dark and empty museum. One night I got a terrified call: “I think there’s someone in the...

Chasing Centipedes

Chasing Centipedes

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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...

Strikes

Strikes

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1980s

Two of the ROM's unions were on strike for 6 weeks.

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

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1980s

Dan Rahimi revisits the exhibition, reflects on the major changes it brought about, and explains what the ROM is doing this year to balance the scales. The full catalogue is accessible from this site (see the story "Into the Heart of Africa".)

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

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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.

ROM Foundation Establshed

ROM Foundation Establshed

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1990s

The Foundation is established to be responsible for all philanthropic activities in support of the Museum's highest priorities. Nowadays, the office of the ROM Governors is supported by an independent Board which provides leadership in a wide range of activities supporting ROM programs,...

An Important Gift

An Important Gift

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1990s

The Honorable Hal Jackman shares his thoughts about collecting.

Partial to Pyramids?

Partial to Pyramids?

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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...

The Future of Museum Funding

The Future of Museum Funding

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2010s

One of Canada's most generous and energetic philanthropists, Hal Jackman ponders the situation for institutions like the ROM.

My Second Home

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2000s

I've been lucky enough to experience the ROM as a visitor, volunteer and staff member over the last almost 30 years of my life. I would completely credit the ROM with two huge things in my life- helping me figure out what I actually want to do with my life and helping to keep me calm at tough...