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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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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 will travel to select prestigious venues across Canada beginning June 2015. This will be 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 exhibition opens in Toronto on October 4 at Fort York. 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 ...

Dubai Culture signs MOU with Lord Cultural Resources to Develop Museums and Creativity

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s largest cultural and museum consultancies, to drive educational training for Emiratis and to create professional development programmes in the field of Museum Studies and culture. Gail Dexter Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources signed the agreement, coinciding with International Museum Day celebrations. Read more ...

HH Sheikha Latifa MR Al Maktoum Vice Chair DCAA and Mrs. Gail Dexter Lord
Photo: HH Sheikha Latifa MR Al Maktoum Vice Chair DCAA and Mrs. Gail Dexter Lord.


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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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London, UK, October 8, 2015, 6:30 pm
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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Hands-On! Conference
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
October 13-16, 2015
Speaker: Gail Lord, Co-President

Past Events:

MuseumNext Conference
Indianapolis, IN, September 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
Panelist: Priya Sircar

TEDxHamburg - Exploring New Territories
How you can activate the soft power of your museums
Hamburg, Germany, June 22, 2015
Speaker: Ngaire Blankenberg

Americans for the Arts 2015 Conference
Chicago, IL, June 11-14, 2015
Book Signing: Gail Lord, Co-President

American Public Gardens Association
Minneapolis, MN, June 22-26, 2015

Cities, Museums, and Soft Power
Toronto, ON, April 30, 2015, 5 pm EST
with Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg
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American Alliance of Museums Conference
Atlanta, GA, April 26-29, 2015
Speakers: Ngaire Blankenberg, Priya Sircar
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MuseumNext Conference
Geneva, Switzerland, April 19-21, 2015
Speaker: Gail Lord, Co-President, presented on "Why Cities and Soft Power are Next for Museums" on April 20, 2015.
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United Cities Local Government Culture Summit
Bilbao, Spain, March 18-20, 2015
Speakers: Javier Jimenez, Ngaire Blankenberg and Lourdes Fernandez

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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
Art and Energy   Art & Energy:
How Culture Changes

by Barry Lord
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