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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.

 
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News

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Opened on September 20

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Photo: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Winnipeg, MB. Image source: www.museumforhumanrights.ca.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba is the world’s first national museum dedicated to human rights. It opened to the public on September 20, 2014. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a national and international destination—a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.

Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources facilitating the Canada-wide consultation process that gathered human rights stories from thousands of Canadians, 2009-10.
Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources facilitating the Canada-wide consultation process that gathered human rights stories from thousands of Canadians, 2009-10.

Lord Cultural Resources is deeply honoured to be working with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights since 2000 when the idea was first imagined by the late Izzy Asper. A multi-disciplinary Lord Cultural Resources team led by Co-President Gail Lord helped The Asper Foundation to develop the concept and to craft the three-volume Master Plan and business plan that went to the Prime Minister. We provided the space program and assisted with the international architectural competition that selected Antoine Predock to design the building. In 2009-10, Lord Cultural Resources organized and facilitated the cross Canada consultation process that gathered human rights stories from thousands of Canadians in 19 cities. We have continued to provide advisory services to Board and senior management on all aspects of implementation, content and the inauguration.

Gail Lord, centre with orange scarf, joins Gail Asper, in the white scarf, on a tour of the then-under-construction Museum for Human Rights in 2012.
Gail Lord, centre with orange scarf, joins Gail Asper, in the white scarf, on a tour of the then-under-construction Museum for Human Rights in 2012.

"This museum demonstrates the commitment of Canadians to human rights—analyzing our failures and celebrating our successes," said Gail Lord. "This will be the place where the world comes to debate the most pressing issues of our time. I am truly honoured to have experienced 14 years with a great museum team in Winnipeg to make it happen."

Read the story of the creation of the Museum in The Toronto Star's article by Martin Knelman.

Fort York Visitor Centre Opened on September 20

Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto
Photo: Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto. Image source: www.canadianarchitect.com.

Fort York Visitor Centre designed by Patkau Architects & Kearns Mancini Architects opened to the public on September 20, 2014 after a restoration, redevelopment and revitalization of the 43-acre national historic site where urban Toronto was founded in 1793. Fort York was the location of a major battle during which British, Canadian and First Nations combatants defended the Town of York (Toronto) against US forces during the War of 1812.

Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to develop a Facilities Plan to serve as the foundation for the design and construction of the Visitor Centre, and a Business Plan.

Opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre
Opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto.

Fort York Visitor Centre will be hosting Magna Carta exhibition designed and developed by Lord Cultural Resources in the fall of 2015.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa

The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition
Photo: The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition. Image source: www.facebook.com/TheMuseumOfAidsInAfrica

The Museum of AIDS in Africa (MAA) aims to transform the individual and social response to the African AIDS epidemic by honouring those who have lost their lives, empowering those infected and affected, and building knowledge about the history, science and response to the pandemic, to support the ultimate goal of an Africa free from AIDS. The Museum of AIDS in Africa is working towards opening in a new dedicated building in South Africa. The MAA is already a travelling exhibit, a pop-up museum that was on display most recently at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Ngaire Blankenberg, Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources, and Stephanie Nolen, a Canadian journalist and foreign correspondent at The Globe and Mail are co-founders of the Museum. Read more here.

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

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. Drawing on years of experience and top-flight expertise, Barry Lord and Maria Piacente detail the exhibition process in a straightforward way that can be easily adapted by institutions of any size. They explore the exhibition development process in greater detail, providing the technical and practical methodologies museum professionals need today. 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.

Events

Gail Lord, Co-President, talked about "New museums in the 21st century", at the University of Toronto, October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm.

Maria Piacente, Vice President, was signing Manual of Museum Exhibitions, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente at the Mountain-Plains Museums Association Conference in Aspen, CO, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:30–3:30pm.

Gail Lord, Co-President, participated in Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art's (MOCCA) upcoming panel, "The Builders", in Toronto on October 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Katherine Molineux, Principal Consultant, and Lisa Wright, Senior Consultant will present “Tips, Tricks and Tools for Successful Exhibition Planning” at the OMA Conference, Alliston, ON, on October 17, 2014, 9:30-10:45 am.

Javier Jimenez, Senior Consultant, will present “Three pillars for Museum Sustainability: Long-term Strategy, Capable Personnel, and Engaged Communities” at ICOM-ICTOP Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014.

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, will participate in the panel on Contemporary Practices in Interpretive Planning at the University of Toronto on November 20, 2014.

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