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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.

    Cities, Museums & Soft Power
by Gail Dexer Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg

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"Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition", Receives the Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence in Publications

The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition, has received the 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications. Edited by Barry Lord, Co-President, and Maria Piacente, Vice President of Lord Cultural Resources, the Manual of Museum Exhibitions is a powerful piece in our flagship series of "Museum Manuals". Read more ...

Maria Piacente accepts the 2015 OMA Award. The award's moose sculpture designed by artist Charles Pachter.
Photo: Maria Piacente accepting the 2015 OMA Award of Excellence in Publications, Windsor, Ontario. The award's moose sculpture was designed by artist Charles Pachter.

World-class museum sets new standard in India

The first phase of the Bihar Museum opened today in Patna, India- heralding a new era in Indian museums. The museum, designed by Tokyo based architects Maki and Associates was planned by Lord Cultural Resources, who also did the exhibition design, content development and quality control of exhibitions. Read more ...

Bihar Museum
Photo: Bihar Museum, Patna, India.

Magna Carta Tours Canada

As a part of the 800th anniversary of the 1215 sealing of Magna Carta, Durham Cathedral in England has agreed to loan a copy of the 1300 version of the "Great Charter" and, its companion document, the Charter of the Forest for exhibition in Canada. The actual documents are the centrepiece of a bilingual interpretive exhibit that has been travelling to select prestigious venues across Canada since June 2015. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Canadians to see these iconic world treasures first-hand and recognize the impact these seminal documents have had on the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

Magna Carta
Photo: Magna Carta. Courtesy of Magna Carta Canada.

Magna Carta multimedia exhibition will conclude its Canadian tour at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton from November 23 to December 29, 2015. For the tour schedule, read press release. Listen to Maria Piacente, Vice President, talk about the exhibition and watch the video of our clients, Magna Carta Canada. Read more ...


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Winnipeg Makes National Geographic's List of Best Trips on Earth

CMHR, Winnipeg, MB
Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), courtesy of CMHR.

National Geographic Travel named Winnipeg one of the best places to visit on earth on their list, Best Trips 2016. Congratulations to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, MB, for being one of the main reasons why the city made the list. The success of CMHR, which Lord Cultural Resources helped to plan, demonstrates that a great cultural institution plays a key role in city-building. Read more ...

Gail Lord Winner of 2015 Alumni of Influence Award

University College 2015 Alumni of Influence Award

Gail Lord, Co-president of Lord Cultural Resources has been honoured with the 2015 University College Alumna of Influence Award. The awards are made in the belief that the success stories of graduates should be known to today’s students and fellow alumni. Congratulations to Gail!
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The Doctor Is In: Ngaire Blankenberg
@ TEDxHamburg

Ngaire Blankenberg is a museum doctor. If there’s a problem with your city, she has a prescription: look to a museum. In this brilliant presentation, Ngaire reveals the power that museums have to heal and strengthen their communities.
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Past Events:

Leveraging Leadership
New York, NY, November 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Joy Bailey Bryant

Ontario Museum Association Conference
Windsor, ON, November 4-6, 2015
Speakers: Maria Piacente, Yvonne Tang

Hands-On! Conference
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 13-16, 2015
Speakers: Gail Lord and Akanksha Jain
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London, UK, October 8, 2015
Hosted by London's Knowledge Quarter
Speakers: Gail Lord, Ngaire Blankenberg, and Panelists: Chris Michaels, British Museum; Miki Lentin, British Library; Yasmin Khan, Independent Cultural Advisor
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TEDxHamburg - Exploring New Territories
How you can activate the soft power of your museums
Hamburg, Germany, June 22, 2015
Speaker: Ngaire Blankenberg

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Cultural Capital Spring 2015

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Cities, Museums and Soft Power is online. Read it online or view and print the PDF.

Cultural Capital Spring 2015

Latest Books

Manual of Museum Exhibitions   Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Edited by Barry Lord & Maria Piacente
Winner of 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications
Art and Energy   Art & Energy:
How Culture Changes

by Barry Lord
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