Ten new galleries open in the heritage buildings.
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...
Two of the ROM's unions were on strike for 6 weeks.
Argyle House is demolished. Construction begins. The new wing had been in the original plan, and it was hoped that a later phase would fill in the additional spaces between old and new buildings. This hope remains unfulfilled for a further 50 years.
Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.
There were many firsts for Dr. Fritz.. She joined the Palaeontology department in 1927, having completed her doctorate (the first woman to receive a PhD in Geology at U of T) under Dr. Parks. She loved teaching and was a prolific writer. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (the...
Young Patron's Circle hosts the inaugural party called PROM in the tradition of excellent parties.
Improving access to the ROM, hours are extended. The museum is open on Mondays 10 am- 5 pm; Tuesday- Saturday 10 am- 9pm; Sunday 1 pm- 9pm. In Toronto the Good, Sunday openings are still somewhat of a novelty.
As a Centennial project (Canada's 100th) Toronto school children raise funds for a protoceratops specimen. Publicity for this project is typical of the new ways of community building.
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...