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.
Cuyler Young is appointed Director. He has been a curator, conducting archaeological digs, especially at Godin Tepe.
Most of our domestic dogs came from Toronto families, but Bungy had a different background. (See also "Curator's Work")
At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive the shovel.
Victor Dodig, now CEO of the CIBC (but Senior Executive Vice-President when this video was made), recalls his very first visit to the ROM. He explains what the relationship has meant to him over the years, and celebrates ROM's continuing connection to its bank.
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...
Brian Musslewhite joined the ROM as a young man. One of his first tasks was to keep the period rooms clean. They were not glassed in as they are today and there was always debris. The Victorian Room featured a beagle- one of our collection of pets donated by Toronto families- and people frequently...
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.
In 1992 there was a competition for Toronto teachers to be seconded to the ROM's Education Department. I made it to the final three, finished my interview, and went home to wait over the weekend for the decision. My wife rented a film so we could relax on Friday night. When the opening...
Peter Swann is announced as the next Director. In 1966, he tackles the space issue first. The ROM must expand or choke to death.