Stories

A Special Place

by Judy Knox

1930s

I've always considered the Royal Ontario Museum a "home away from home". When I was very young in the 1930's, my uncle, Eric McDougall, who was an assistant in the "stuffed animal" (as I knew it then) gallery on the third floor, would bring me there each year to...

Winnifred Needler

Winnifred Needler

by Annette Boenke-Jarek

1950s

Winifred (Friedl) Needler joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1935 as a draughtsman-cataloguer.  She took a year's leave to study Egyptian and Near Eastern archaeology, along with Middle Egyptian (hieroglyphics) at Yale, which study she continued upon return to the ROM under the...

The Diamond Necklace

The Diamond Necklace

by Roberta Woods

2010s

Until my daughter, Nicola Woods, began to work at the Royal Ontario Museum as the Rights and Reproductions Coordinator, I had given little thought to what went on behind the scenes to sustain the Museum’s public exhibitions and events. And, despite knowing that museums, in general, are...

Early Group Photo

Early Group Photo

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The guards had to dust the displays before opening the museums. Some of the men did double duty because they were skilled glaziers and fine carpenters. All we know of Miss Hand was that she wrote a letter asking to be allowed a lunch break. I am grateful to whoever had the idea of recording this...

Ontario Lottery to Fund Expansion

Ontario Lottery to Fund Expansion

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

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.)...

Best. School trip. Ever

Best. School trip. Ever

by Susan Kilpatrick

1970s

School trip circa late 60's. early 70's. School bus pulls up to the front steps full of rambunctious, noisy pre-adolescent kids. I heard nothing as I observed the building in front of me innately knowing it was full of wonder. The entrance, the steps inside & out, the floors and of...

Nostalgia

by Kat Layden

1990s

I remember my father taking me to the ROM once a month until I was 12. My father is a history buff and I was a very curious child. He wanted to share his knowledge and any moments he could with his youngest daughter. He remembers going there in the (I believe) 70's to see King Tut's...

John McNeill, Director, 1990 -1997

John McNeill, Director, 1990 -1997

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

John McNeill is appointed Director. Coming to Toronto from a professorship in botany at the University of Ottawa, he has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.Here he speaks of his mandate.

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

Ten new galleries open in the heritage buildings.

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

by Sara Janes

2000s

While I was attending the University of Toronto circa 2001-2005 I took advantage of so many free-admission Friday nights. I lived on campus, and while I got along with classmates and others in the residence, most of my close friends lived in other cities and I very often didn't have social...