Stories

The Night the Bells Were Silent

The Night the Bells Were Silent

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1930s

This story comes from Elvira Hamilton, who joined the ROM in 1913 and was a staff member for 48 years. " I well remember the night the bells didn't ring throughout the Museum. This was the responsibility of the guard on duty. I don't recall his name but he had a physique that would...

Things That Cough in the Night

by Aron Hacker

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...

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...

Bishop William White

Bishop William White

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1920s

Bishop William White of Honan calls on Currelly. For the next decade they work to build the collections – from early bronzes to the great wall paintings in the gallery named after him.

A History of Ghosts

by Sean Kelly

2000s

I have fond memories of the time that Dan Aykroyd and his father Peter appeared at the ROM in October 2009 for a lecture and signing for Peter Aykroyd's book A History of Ghosts. Particularly memorable was the introduction by the ROM staff member, who recounted her own ghostly encounter at the...

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

We liked this scene so  much that we commissioned a poster

First date

First date

by Rudy De Simas

2000s

I have been a ROM member since 2009 and an enthusiast since childhood. When visiting the ROM I spend most of my time at the kids biodiversity discovery area; when alone you will find me wandering the halls of natural history exhibits... and sometimes Egypt. I took Carrie on our first date to the...

Under Our Noses

Under Our Noses

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

This is the story of how a new curator, David Evans, found the amazing barosaurus, which we named Gordo (for the curator, Gord Edmund, who had received it in the 60's). 

The Beardmore Relics

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1930s

The ROM purchases several artifacts that had been found in what is now Thunder Bay. They were "found" again in Beardmore and caused much speculation about Norse penetration into North America. Today, you can see the sword with other armour on display. The story is well told at...

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...