Stories

The Prehistory of the ROM

The Prehistory of the ROM

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1900s

Before there was a ROM, there were museum buildings and collections in Toronto. The Provincial Museum (you can see its facade on the Ryerson University campus) had three parts: archaeology, biology and fine art. At the University of Toronto, there were several collections: some of the colleges had...

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

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2000s

Staff, volunteers, workers, and the architect sign the last steel beam to be put in place.

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

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1970s

The ROM celebrates its 60 year anniversary. Cosmetic changes are made to the interior and exterior.

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...

Family Memories of the ROM

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2010s

I have many favorite moments at the ROM, and I have already shared many with ROM staff over the years I have been a member. I usually come to visit with my 13 year old daughter, Maya. She sometimes brings a few friends and she plays the guide role, offering descriptions, back stories, map...

Janet Carding, Director and CEO, 2010-

Janet Carding, Director and CEO, 2010-

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2010s

Janet Carding is appointed Director and CEO. At the Australian Museum (encompassing nature and culture), she was Assistant Director of Public Programs and Operations. She has also been a curator at the Science Museum in London and was Head of Planning and Development at the the National Museum of...

PROM- a New Tradition

PROM- a New Tradition

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2000s

Young Patron's Circle hosts the inaugural party called PROM in the tradition of excellent parties.

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

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1910s

One day, Currelly was showing a distinguished visitor around at the end of the day. Thus he missed another caller, who left a card. Seeing the name of George Crofts on that card, Currelly tracked him to the King Edward Hotel.  He told this man, whose reputation as a collector of Chinese...

Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

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1980s

Robert Barnett, Board Secretary, remembers what Mr. Goodman accomplished during his term as Board Chair.

A "ReCollection" of the Collections

A "ReCollection" of the Collections

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1970s

In response to the question in ROM Magazine’s Winter 2013/2014 issue (page 14) regarding whether anyone took Peter C. Swann’s advice to preserve their copies of the bulletin: Yes, I did. I have a bound set of Rotunda, with issues from 1968 to 1980. As the artist who designed the magazine, I not...