Stories

My Second Home

by Pamela Pal

2000s

I've been lucky enough to experience the ROM as a visitor, volunteer and staff member over the last almost 30 years of my life. I would completely credit the ROM with two huge things in my life - helping me figure out what I actually want to do with my life and helping to keep me calm at...

Uncrating the Terracotta Warriors

Uncrating the Terracotta Warriors

by Josh Terry

2010s

In the summer of 2010, I spent a summer in the communications department as an intern. It was a very interesting time to be at the ROM, as the last-minute preparations were in full-swing for the Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Of course, much of Toronto was starting to enter a sort of lockdown,...

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...

The Legacy of George - George Patrick Joseph Crofts and the Chinese Collections

The Legacy of George - George Patrick Joseph Crofts and the Chinese Collections

by Gary Newcombe

1920s

I first began tracing my family history in the 1970’s, when I was at University. In those days this was a relatively difficult, time consuming and expensive task, dependent on accessing paper records from around the world. I am in Perth, Western Australia. My father’s family (Newcombe) arrived...

Vegetarian Dinosaur

Vegetarian Dinosaur

by Halina Heim

2010s

Once while I was facilitating the Dino Dig in the Discovery Gallery I was discussing the Hadrosaur with two children. I asked them what a dinosaur with flat teeth would eat. The girl replied “people.” I explained that dinosaurs did not live at the same time that people lived. Then the boy said...

Planetarium Closes

Planetarium Closes

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".

Janet Carding, Director and CEO, 2010 -

Janet Carding, Director and CEO, 2010 -

by ROM ReCollects Editor

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...

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...

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...

A Wonderful Gift

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...