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Lord Cultural Resources is a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.

Lord Cultural Resources offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including master planning, business planning, feasibility studies, cultural and heritage tourism planning, strategic planning, facility planning, functional programming, architect selection, interpretive planning, exhibition design, project management, training and recruitment.

Our cultural projects include museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, world expositions, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, archives, libraries and gardens. Our clients are in all sectors including private and public corporations, foundations, governments and non-profit institutions.



Gail Lord Appointed Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government

Gail Lord, Co-President Lord Cultural Resources, was appointed Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government. She delivered a speech at a reception in her honour at Alliance Française Toronto on December 8, 2014. Read more in The Toronto Star and view Gail's presentation, and her award accepting speech in French and English.

Gail Lord presenting at Alliance Francaise
Gail Lord accepting the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) award at Alliance Française Toronto on December 8, 2014.

Apply For Children In Museums Award


The Children in Museums Award has been established by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums to recognise internationally excellence and innovation in exhibits designed for children within the museum sector. Applications are welcomed from children’s museums and from education, children and youth departments in museums and science museums, both long-established and recently opened.

The Jury is looking especially for the creative use of exhibitions and programmes with an innovative interpretative approach, which should be meaningful to the relevant age-group. Do you qualify? Apply by February 1, 2015. Download the application form.

North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion Opens on 125th Anniversary of Statehood

The North Dakota Heritage Center's 97,000-square-foot expansion is now complete with all four new galleries open to the public. The official public opening in Bismarck, ND, was held on November 2, 2014, which was North Dakota's 125th birthday. The $52 million museum expansion includes three new permanent exhibition galleries, a temporary exhibition space, and new facilities for education, staff and collections storage.

North Dakota Heritage Center, Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.
Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time. From the monstrous sea creatures living in primordial oceans to the rise and extinction of dinosaurs, from tropical swamplands with crocodiles and palm trees to the appearance of mammals at the end of the ice age, this is the fascinating story of geology and life in North Dakota.

Lord Cultural Resources, in partnership with Xibitz and Taylor Studios, was engaged to lead the transformation of the Heritage Center’s permanent exhibition. Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have supported the Center’s staff to achieve its vision by providing project management, interpretive planning, design and content development, interpreting more than 500 million years of North Dakota’s history over for 33,000 square feet of new exhibitions.

North Dakota Heritage Center, Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples
Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples. Devoted to the Native peoples of North Dakota with highlights of the beauty and breadth of the State Museum’s collections, visitors encounter the tribes of North Dakota, both as they were before contact with European-Americans and also as the sovereign nations they are today.

The Heritage Center’s new permanent exhibition is divided among three galleries: Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time; Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples; and Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today. The new gallery exhibits will take visitors through history dating back before the ice-age to today, incorporating thousands of artifacts and specimens, high tech displays, and interactive exhibits. Congratulations to our client on the successful opening!

Canada: Day 1 Travelling Exhibion Opens on February 16

Canada: Day 1, a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (CMIP), will officially open at Markham Museum’s Winterfest celebrations on Family Day, February 16, 2015. The exhibition can be viewed from January 16 to June 7, 2015 at Markham Museum in Ontario.

Canada: Day 1 Travelling Exhibition at Markham Museum, ON
"Canada: Day 1" Travelling Exhibition will be presented from January 16 to June 7, 2015 at Markham Museum, ON. Photo: www.pier21.ca.

Canada: Day 1 explores first steps, first impressions and first experiences of newcomers to Canada, from Confederation to present day. The exhibition explores diverse personal immigration experiences in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes. Read more here.

Lord Cultural Resources has provided planning and design for the Canada: Day 1 travelling exhibition in partnership with Kubik who provided fabrication services.

Lord Cultural Resources Renews the Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Museums Association

On November 24, 2014, in Beijing, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was renewed between the Chinese Museums Association and Lord Cultural Resources. The Memorandum of Understanding was originaly signed on October 19, 2011.

MOU signing between CMA and Lord Cultural Resources, Beijing, China.
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by Mr. Song Xinchao and Ms. Gail Dexter Lord in Beijing, China, on November 24, 2014.

The Memorandum of Understanding provides an opportunity for the two organizations to collaborate for a three-year period on museum study and professional standards, and realize information and resource sharing, including training opportunities related to museum operation and a wide variety of related topics, including, among others: Museum project evaluation, Museum strategic planning, Museum human resource development, Museum related organizational development, Museum facility standards, Museum management and operational standards, as well as Visitor experience and content development standards,

The Chinese Museums Association is the officially authorized non-profit organization to liaise with museums in the People’s Republic of China. The Association provides related services and promotes professional activities as well as international exchange programs, aims to supervise museum professional self-discipline and promote museum professional development.

Manual of Museum Exhibitions

Get our latest book Manual of Museum Exhibitions, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente, published by www.rowman.com. Order now and get 30% DISCOUNT using the Promo Code: 4M14MME3.

Manual of Museum Exhibitions  Art and Energy

Art & Energy

The latest book by Barry Lord, Art & Energy, traces how the development of each new source of energy, from the prehistoric mastery of fire to renewable energy today, becomes a powerful engine of cultural change. Order now at the Alliance Bookstore or University of Chicago Press, or contact bookstore@aam-us.org / tel: (202) 218-7099. For upcoming events, visit book webpage.

Cultural Capital Spring 2014

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Exhibitions is online.
Get the PDF version or read it online.

Cultural Capital Spring 2014


Priya Sircar, Consultant, presented “More than Money: How Awards Cultivate Diversity” at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference at New York Hilton Midtown in New York, NY on January 12, 2015.

Gail Lord, Co-President, and Javier Jimenez, Senior Consultant, together with our colleagues from Sino-Lord office attended the Chinese Museum Association´s (CMA) national conference MPT-Expo 2014 in Xiamen (Fujian Province, south of China) in late November, 2014. View Gail's presentation here.

Gail Lord and Javier Jimenez also facilitated a Training Seminar for the Children´s Museum Research Center (CMRC) in Beijing, China, on December 2-5, 2014.

The CMRC Training Seminar 2014 in Beijing, China
Students at the CMRC training seminar in Beijing, China.

Yvonne Tang, Director, Exhibitions and Events, presented on "Encouraging and Planning for Visitor Participation in Museum Exhibitions" at the 25th Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference and AGM hosted by UWI Geology Museum and the UWI Museum on November 16-19, 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica. Yvonne Tang and Nicole Dawkins, Consultant, also facilitated a full-day Post Conference Workshop on "Interpretive Planning – At the Heart of Every Great Exhibition" on November 20, 2014.

Nicole Dawkins and Yvonne Tang at the MAC conference and workshop, Kingston,Jamaica
Nicole Dawkins and Yvonne Tang at the MAC conference and workshop, Kingston,Jamaica. Photo: uwimuseum.wordpress.com.

Read more about the event in the University of West Indies' blog article here.

Maria Piacente, Vice President, and Katherine Molineux, Principal Consultant, together with Judith Koke, Chief, Public Programming & Learning, Art Gallery of Ontario, Courtney Murfin, Interpretive Planner, Royal Ontario Museum, and Irina D. Mihalache, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, participated in the panel on Contemporary Practices in Interpretive Planning at the University of Toronto on November 20, 2014.

Maria Piacente presents at the UofT.
Maria Piacente and the Speakers Panel at the UofT.

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