William Thorsell is appointed President and CEO. Soon follows the announcement of the most ambitious renovation yet. The Master Plan costing $200 million is called Renaissance ROM. Here he talks about his arrival at the ROM.
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...
Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.
The launch of what has become a popular annual fundraising event. Curators enjoy lying and attendees are fascinated by the challenges they are given. The proceeds from the first one go to support the web site.which has been launched without extra funding.
Robert Taylor and the ROM My first contact with the ROM was in 1948 when our grade 4 class from Coleman Avenue School took the Bloor streetcar along the Danforth to Avenue Road and across to the museum. We were in awe of the magnitude of the building itself as we trundled up the concrete...
As a young lad, I received a family heirloom from my mother. It was a smooth stone tool, greenish in colour, that looked like some sort of chisel. My mother told me that my grandfather had dug the item up while turning over the soil in the vegetable garden behind the family home in Husum, in...
My fiancée, Raj, and I met through mutual friends and immediately began getting to know each other. We found that biggest thing we had in common was our love for history, so naturally we thought to go to the ROM for our first date. We met at the front doors and he was nice enough to be a gentleman...
We come from hard-working immigrant roots. Schooled in both Ukrainian and English schools, my first outing from school to a downtown location was to the ROM. Although my parents, who had emigrated after the war from Ukraine, had never been to the museum, they were as excited about my school trip as...
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...
John McNeill is appointed Director. Coming to Toronto from a professorship in botany at the University of Ottawa, he has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.Here he speaks of his mandate.