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...
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.
A birthday party with cake and balloons is also the chance to announce that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Hilary and Galen Weston will each donate $10 million to Renaissance ROM.
William Thorsell talks about some surprises that contributed to the costs of Renaissance ROM.
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".)
I moved to Canada from Bombay, India at the end of November 1999. When I applied to work here, I wasn't really sure if this was where I wanted to be. A part time administrative job, when I was looking for full time work in a new country? I was amazed to find within weeks, nay days, that a...
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...
Staff, volunteers, workers, and the architect sign the last steel beam to be put in place.
While a student in the University of Toronto's Museum Studies Master's program in 1996-8, I had an internship in the West Asian collections with Bill Pratt, assisting him with an inventory of the Egyptology collections. We took turns with tasks, one of us at a laptop- and it must have...
William Thorsell credits the people and the climate that made the project possible for the ROM and for Toronto.