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ROM exhibit cases from 1914

ROM exhibit cases from 1914

by Tom Reitz

March 19, 1914

Like many museums across Ontario, the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener has benefitted from gifts from the Royal Ontario Museum - particularly when it has upgraded exhibit cases during past renovations. The Waterloo Region Museum has several oak exhibit cases, with brass fittings, that we...

Doors Open

Doors Open

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

March 19, 1914 is ROM's official opening day. There were 20 staff members. Hours were 10 am to 5:00 pm. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays were free admission; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays cost 15c. The day’s events included both a luncheon and a dinner at the York Club nearby, with the...

Rumours of Mr. Currelly

by Sally Tuck

1900s

Something that people might not know about the ROM is that today's Department of Museum Volunteers Boardroom used to be Mr. Currelly's office in 1914. He had a cot in his office and would often stay the night. Rumour also has it that, prior to the ROM's opening in 1914, he was...

The Prehistory of the ROM

The Prehistory of the ROM

by ROM ReCollects Editor

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...

Bill 138:  A home for culture and science

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

On April 16, 1912, Bill 138 formally establishing the ROM received Royal Assent to “provide a home for culture and science under the same academical roof”. Press coverage was slight owing to the sinking of the Titanic. There were to be five ROMs, each with a director. The Board of Trustees was...

A Museum for the University

A Museum for the University

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

A Royal Commission on the Future of the University recommends establishing a university museum. Sir Edmund Walker has had a concept in mind for at least 20 years. “Every year’s delay is a misfortune, not only to the education of the students.... but to the education and material welfare of the...

Approval to Begin is Secured

Approval to Begin is Secured

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

Approval for cost-sharing between the University and the Government of Ontario means that construction can begin.   Edmund Osler who is Chairman of the Conservative caucus twists the Premier’s arm by offering to cover costs himself. He becomes an original Board member and is a faithful donor....

Moving In

Moving In

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.

ROM's Champion

ROM's Champion

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as...

First ROM Employee

First ROM Employee

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

Charles Trick Currelly is appointed a collector for the University of Toronto at $500/year salary. He is working on excavations in Egypt and when back in Toronto, he arranges to display some of the material collected so that the people he is cultivating will be infected with enthusiasm and write...