One of the first new Ontario Lottery draws is held in the ROM to assist with the funds needed for expansion. $10m is to be matched by private fundraising. Some Board Members oppose the use of funds gained by a lottery. (We don't have pictures of the ROM draw, but here's a nostalgia trip.)...
As a young lad, I received a family heirloom from my mother. It was a smooth stone tool, greenish in colour, that looked like some sort of chisel. My mother told me that my grandfather had dug the item up while turning over the soil in the vegetable garden behind the family home in Husum, in...
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...
The University of Toronto requests “a survey of the ROM in its relation to the University of Toronto, the schools of Ontario, and the public”. When the report is made, it recommends that there should be a separation from the University with a full time academic head.
At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive the shovel.
Some years ago, I was taking part in a ROM programme called (I think) My Favourite Object. Members of the curatorial staff brought their favourite object to what was the Chinese sculpture Atrium and placed it on a table for members of the public to look at and inquire as to why it was a favourite...
The ROM commissioned a Dior dress for the exhibition "BIG". Here is how it is received upon arrival.
I have been volunteering for eight years and one of the reasons I am still giving my time is the honey bees. They are so cute and all the visitors just love hearing all about them. I learn something new about them every time I'm here. The people in biodiversity are great too. Happy 100th,...
There is just one complete study skeleton of the huge Brown Bear (Ursus arctos - also known as the Grizzly or Kodiak bear) in the ROM's mammalogy collection. And I remember vividly when it arrived in 1965. I was a summer student in the ROM's Department of Entomology and...
Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches (and submits) his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant. William Thorsell talks about the process.