Stories

What Curators Do

What Curators Do

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

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...

An Editorial Adventure  from Rotunda Magazine

An Editorial Adventure from Rotunda Magazine

by Sandra Shaul

1980s

In the late 1980s the ROM embarked on co-promotional partnerships with several Canadian sports teams. This rather unusual direction for the museum came from Eddie Goodman, our dynamic Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and provided the inspiration for an article in Rotunda written by Curator K....

A Wonderful Gift

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Herman Hertzog Levy leaves $15 million for the purchase of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, and sculpture. He has already donated many marvellous objects from his own collections. One interesting proviso is that the funds must be spent within 5 years, and so the curators he trusted are able to bid...

Tactile Tours

Tactile Tours

by Kate Zankowicz

1960s

Two unnamed women are carefully running their fingers around the rim of a lion’s mouth. It’s a ceramic Wedgwood ornament from the nineteenth century. They are in a study room, presumably a behind-the-scenes curatorial space at the museum. A volunteer instructor stands behind them, watching...

Charlie and Fido

Charlie and Fido

by Helen Lovekin

1960s

In the 1960s my father was seconded to the ROM from the Toronto Board of Education and the immediate effect of this career move for me was access to the Royal Ontario Museum after closing hours. I had a tremendous sense of privilege and insider knowledge when my mother and I picked my father up at...

Children Fundraise

by Julia Matthews

1960s

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.

Recollections of the Conservation Department

Recollections of the Conservation Department

by Allison MacDuffee

1970s

For two summers, as a university student in Art History, I worked in the Conservation Department as an assistant to Susan Richardson. Essentially my job was typing. I typed treatment reports for each artifact that received expert care in the department. In those days, the reports were typed on card...

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant.

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1930s

Most of our domestic dogs came from Toronto families, but Bungy had a different background. (See also "Curator's Work")

An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

by Ian Montagnes

1960s

[Chief Mineralogist Dr. Vic] Meen was in Teheran when an unexpected visitor appeared at my office door in October 1964. He seemed inconsequential: a short, elderly man in a grey overcoat. I was alone in the room and on the phone with Dr Swinton, who was at home with a cold. Sharon, my secretary,...