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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.



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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


Katherine Molineux, Principal Consultant, and Lisa Wright, Senior Consultant presented “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, presented “Three pillars for Museum Sustainability: Long-term Strategy, Capable Personnel, and Engaged Communities” at ICOM-ICTOP Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014.

The Collections Management Workshop for the Bihar Museum in Patna took place on November 12, 2014, in India. It was organized under the aegis of DACY by Lord Cultural Resources South Asia. Dr. Sudeshna Guha, an Affiliate Researcher, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge, UK, conducted the workshop.

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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