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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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by Gail Dexer Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg

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Soft Power Destination Awards Nominees

Soft Power Destinations Nominees

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A Cultural Sleeping Giant
Gail Lord on TVO's The Agenda

Gail Lord on TVO The Agenda

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'Why I believe Brexit can boost sustainability'

A force for good: Young people can become stewards of their own country. Photo courtesy of PA.

Barry Lord, one of Canada’s top thinkers, believes we can use increased democratic powers to transform our current culture of consumption into a conservationist society of stewardship and sustainability. Read Barry’s most recent article published online by The Day, a news service for U.K schools or read our blog.

Barry and Gail Lord Receive Honorary Degrees

Doctors of Laws (LL.D.'s) Gail and Barry Lord in their McMaster University robes at the University's Convocation, June 14, 2016.
Doctors of Laws (LL.D.'s) Gail and Barry Lord in their McMaster University robes at the University's Convocation, June 14, 2016.

Barry and Gail Lord, Co-Presidents of Lord Cultural Resources, were honoured on June 14, 2016 for over 35 years of excellence in the cultural sector. This recognition comes from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario – Barry’s hometown. Gail and Barry received Honorary Degrees, Doctor of Letters, from the Faculty of Humanities, the Arts and Sciences.
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Apply for Children in Museums Award

Children in Museums Award
The Children in Museums Award

The Children in Museums Award is open to children’s museums and museums of all types that have special children’s zones. It recognizes excellence and innovation in exhibits and programmes designed for children in museums of every kind. If your institution has excelled in educating and collaborating with children, then you should apply for this prestigious award.
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Gail Dexter Lord Named Member of the Order of Canada

Order of Canada

On June 30, 2016, Governor General David Johnston named 113 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Our own Gail Dexter Lord has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Gail is named to the honour “For her contributions to museum planning and management and for her work in supporting the cultural sector in Canada and abroad.”
Congratulations to Gail on this laudable achievement!
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North Dakota Heritage Center Receives AAM 2016 Excellence in Exhibition Award

North Dakota Heritage Center
Innovations: Early Peoples Gallery, North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND.

Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have collaborated with the North Dakota Heritage Center to create their award winning exhibition, Innovations: Early Peoples Gallery. The 13,000 square foot exhibition opened in 2014 to rave reviews and was one of three new permanent displays celebrating the history of North Dakota.
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The Manual of Museum Learning is Now Available

The Manual of Museum Learning   The Manual of Museum Learning
Edited by Brad King & Barry Lord

Transform your cultural institution into the 21st century learning museum in seven steps .

The second edition of The Manual of Museum Learning is now available! The book offers a comprehensive approach to learning in museums and related institutions. Bridging theory and practice through a collection of case studies and success stories, this new edition takes a holistic approach to learning in the museum, which emphasizes the importance of making learning and education institution-wide priorities.
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OMA 2016 conference
Mississauga, ON, November 2-4, 2016

Past Events:

ICOM Milano conference
Milan, Italy, July 3-9, 2016
Speaker: Javier Jimenez

American Public Gardens Association conference - Booth 12
Miami, FL, June 6-10, 2016
Presenters: Veronica Blandon, Lauren Merkel

AAM conference - Booth 6069
Washington, DC, May 26-29, 2016
Speaker: Joy Bailey Bryant

Soft Power: Where to Find it and How to Use it
Grimshaw Architects Showcase Room
New York City, April 27, 2016
Speakers: Gail Lord, Joy Bailey Bryant

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Cultural Capital Spring/Summer 2016

Our Spring/Summer issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to the 35th Anniversary of Lord Cultural Resources is now online. Read it online or view and print the PDF.

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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