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Gail Lord at Global VillageRethinking the Global Village in an Era of Cities and Soft Power

Gail Lord and several of Toronto’s leading figures attended the Town Hall Meeting on October 16 as part of the international conference “The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next” (October 13-16, 2016). These leaders and the audience came together to explore the influences of soft power in civic discourse, cultural change, and collective intelligence. ​

Watch the video



Soft Power Destination Awards WinnersSoft Power Destination Awards - Winners

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards­ – or “The Oscars for museums” were held on September 30th. Out of 16 remarkable nominees that were shortlisted, the Soft Power Destination Award Winners were:

​Congratulations to winners and participants! ​

Learn more about Soft Power Destinations



National Museum of African American History and CultureThe National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens with Nationwide Celebrations

On September 24th, the long-awaited National Museum of African American History Culture opened on the US National Mall, in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Lord Cultural Resources is honored to have contributed to a project of such enormous cultural and historical significance.

The teams, led by Gail Lord and Joy Bailey-Bryant, worked with NMAAHC staff to facilitate a yearlong nationwide public engagement process, speaking with people of all ethnicities, education and income to understand the stories that the museum must tell.

The team collaborated with the architects and exhibition designers to establish general museum and facility requirements, the development of a functional space strategy, collections analysis, preparation for collections storage and operations planning. More recently, our team led by Ngaire Blankenberg provided content development and communications services for the exhibition design and concept development for the Resource Library. ​



National Holocaust Monument Site DedicationPrime Minister Trudeau Dedicates National Holocaust Monument Site

This past Wednesday September 21st, Gail Lord and Dov Goldstein took part in the Official Site Dedication Ceremony for the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

In attendance were more than 200 dignitaries, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Leaders of the Opposition, Cabinet Ministers, including the Honourable MĂ©lanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Members of Parliament, Senators, donors, and Holocaust Survivors. Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Joly each delivered remarks emphasizing the importance of this project in memorializing the more than six million Jewish people murdered by the Nazis.

During the Ceremony Lord Cultural Resources and the team were recognized for their work in bringing this monument to fruition. ​

Watch Prime Minister Trudeau's speech from Wednesday's ceremony



Soft Power Destination Awards ShortlistSoft Power Destination Awards - Nominees

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards–or “The Oscars for museums”–are back September 30th, and they’re bringing an exciting new category with them – with an incredible shortlist of nominees.

Every year, the Leading Culture Destinations Awards recognize and celebrate the new breed of cultural institutions worldwide. This year marks the inaugural Soft Power Destinations Awards. These awards recognize the cultural organizations, activations or city districts that have powerful influence and impact based on their excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability.

These remarkable 16 nominees have been shortlisted in the categories of best soft power cultural organization, best soft power cultural activation and best soft power cultural district.

See the Shortlist of Nominees



Gail Lord joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss the historical role of the museum in society, and what museums need to do to bolster their power.

Learn more about Cities, Museums and Soft Power



Soft Power Destination AwardsSoft Power Destination Awards Nominations Now Open!

- Does your city, cultural organization, or district have a strong and positive influence in your community?
- Do you strive for transparency, excellence, relevance and accountability?
- Are your practices an exemplar of sustainability?

If the answer is YES, you might be eligible for a Soft Power Destination Award!

Nominate your cultural project (or one you know of) now for a prestigious Soft Power Destination Award. Winners will be decided by a jury of Leading Cultural Destination Ambassadors and announced at the Leading Cultural Destinations Awards ceremony in London on September 30, 2016.

Two tickets to the awards show, worth ÂŁ1,000, will be granted to a randomly chosen entrant of the survey.

The Soft Power Destinations Awards is an initiative of Leading Culture Destinations and Lord Cultural Resources.

To read more on Cities, Museums and Soft Power, by Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg, click here.

Apply by telling us HOW your organization is excellent, transparent, relevant, accountable and sustainable.
To apply, click on the link provided below.

Nominate your cultural project by August 15, 2016



Order of CanadaGail Dexter Lord Named Member of the 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!

Read more:

  • The announcement from the Governor General’s office
  • The Globe and Mail article
  • The Toronto Star article
  • 2016.06.30


    Exhibitions at the North Dakota Heritage CenterNorth Dakota Heritage Center Receives AAM 2016 Excellence in Exhibition Award

    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. Excellence in Exhibition Competition’s distinction of Honorable Mention. The judges were particularly impressed with by the project’s excellent outreach to create multi-sensory experiences. The art and science of creating wonderful exhibitions that excite and engage visitors is a challenge and with more than 39 entries, it is truly a privilege to have been honoured by the AAM’s award’s committee and Professional Network Chairs of CurCom, NAME, EdCom, and CARE.

    A project like this is not possible without a truly creative and expert team. Lord was thrilled to work with Xibitz Inc., Taylor Studios, WeatherstonBruer, Research Casting International, Angle Park Media, and the staff of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

    Congratulations to all!

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



    Children in Museums AwardApply for 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. The award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. If your institution has excelled in educating and collaborating with children, then you should apply for this prestigious award. Download the application form

    More information is available on the Hands On! and European Museum Academy websites. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ann Nicholls at ann.n1493@gmail.com or call +44 (0)117 973 7965.



    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 Receive Honorary Degrees

    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.

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



    Transforming Museum Learning - Seminar and Networking Event

    Hosted by the AGO in the Weston Family Learning Centre, presented by Lord Cultural Resources with the participation of Myseum of Toronto, Transforming Museum Learning - Seminar and Networking Event presented ideas and case studies from the forefront of Museum Learning initiatives.

    Moderated by Brad King, co-author of The Manual of Museum Learning, second edition, this symposium and networking event celebrated the inaugural presentation of this newly released book. Watch the video above and engage in a discussion on how to transform museum learning on any of our social media platforms.



    Gail Lord Speaks at The New York Times "Art for Tomorrow" Conference

    The New York Times' arts and culture correspondent Rachel Donadio engaged with Co-President Gail Lord and Stephanie Manasseh, Founder and Director, Accessible Art Fair, Brussels/New York, at The New York Times' Art for Tomorrow conference in March in Doha, Qatar. The panelists discussed how art and culture contributes to cities, making them better places to live and work.

    Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on the ideas discussed and how your institution contributes to the life of your city. Email us at news@lord.ca or leave a comment on any of our social media platforms.



    The Manual of Museum LearningThe Manual of Museum Learning is Now Available

    The second edition of The Manual of Museum Learning edited by Brad King and Barry Lord 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.

    Read more or BUY THE BOOK NOW.

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



    Kathleen BrownLord Cultural Resources Appoints Kathleen Brown Chief Operating Officer

    Gail and Barry Lord have appointed Kathleen Brown as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lord Cultural Resources effective immediately.

    The Co-Presidents made the announcement saying, "Kathleen is ideally suited to be our COO due to her depth of familiarity with the history and inner workings of the company, her 30-plus years of experience as a respected consultant and her proven management skills. We have every confidence that Kathleen will shepherd the company into a bright future—we welcome her enthusiasm and positive energy in this new role."

    Read press release.



    The River and the Land Sustain Us Gallery, Chimczuk Museum, Windsor, ONMuseum Windsor's Chimczuk Museum Celebrates a Public Grand Opening

    The 11,000-square-foot Chimczuk Museum (the newest addition to Museum Windsor) is celebrating a Public Grand Opening with two special events for the community: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on February 18 and Community Celebration on February 20, 2016.

    As part of the $5.7 million expansion project, Windsor’s Community Museum has rebranded to reflect its expanded scope. "Museum Windsor" encompasses the François Baby House, the Chimczuk Museum and the Interpretive Centre at the Duff-Baby House in Sandwich. The Chimczuk Museum occupies the main floor of 401 Riverside Drive West, while the Art Gallery of Windsor occupies floors two and three.

    The City of Windsor and surrounding Essex County has a rich history and has played a pivotal role in many important developments in Canada and North America over the last few centuries. The Windsor area is the oldest continuousl​y-inhabited French colony west of Montreal and was the first permanent European settlement in all of Ontario. As part of the Museum Expansion Project, The François Baby House — one of the oldest houses in Windsor and built by an early French-Canadian, François Baby — has been renovated to house exhibitions highlighting aspects of Windsor’s history that were important to the history of this house. The permanent exhibit in the François Baby House opened on December 2, 2015.

    Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have been part of the development plan to expand the Windsor Museum. In 2011, our firm was engaged to develop an implementable and sustainable plan to expand the Windsor Museum and conducted a Feasibility Study. In 2014, Lord was engaged to execute the plan, expanding the City of Windsor Museum in order to better serve the Museum’s visitors, collections, and staff. Together with a team including Hariri Pontarini Architects, WeatherstonBruer Associates, and Holman Exhibits, Lord was responsible for Interpretive Planning, Concept Design and Content Development.

    With the grand opening happening during heritage week, special tours and programming are taking place at the Chimczuk Museum, Maison François Baby House and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Both days (February 18 and 20, 2016) are offered free to the public.

    To learn more, visit www.museumwindsor.ca. Read press release and an article in Windsor Star.

    The River and the Land Sustain Us Gallery, Chimczuk Museum, Windsor, ON. Photo courtesy of citywindsor.ca.



    How Urbanization is Changing Museums

    On January 20, 2016, Gail Lord was the guest of the third UC Alumni Salon event at the University of Toronto, University College. She gave a great talk on Cities, Museums and Soft Power: How Urbanization is Changing Museums to a packed room. As the University College Alumna, she also provided some lovely reminiscences about her university days..



    Chicago skylineChicago Architectural Biennial Attracts More than Double the Attendees of Venice Architectural Biennale

    The organizers of the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial announced this week that the Biennial drew a total of 530,551 visitors to the main sites and dozens of offsite events throughout the city. The Chicago totals far exceed those of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, which counted 228,000 visitors.

    In 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE has been unprecedented. The implementation of Chicago Architecture Biennial was one of Lord' key recommendations of the Chicago Cultural Plan and we are delighted to see its great success. Read an article in dezeen.com and press release.

    Chicago skyline, IL. Photo courtesy of Josh*m, flickr.com.



    Mexico's President Announces the new Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a (MUNET)

    Located in Mexico City's celebrated Bosque de Chapultepec, the Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología (MUNET), shall be a dynamic, cultural campus where visitors will come away with an appreciation of Mexico’s role as a leader in energy production, as well as clear recognition of the vital role that they play in achieving that goal. Designed by a leading Mexican architect Enrique Norten, the MUNET will house a world-class museum, an energy and technology educational institute for innovation and investigation, and a world energy congress center. The MUNET’s mission is to become a centre of innovation, education, and entertainment to create and communicate knowledge of these sectors for the broad public and prepare children and young people for careers in energy and technology.

    Lord Cultural Resources was engaged by MUNET in 2014 and is honoured to be working on this most prestigious project and to be part of an incredible project team. Lord was commissioned by MUNET to work closely and collaborate with the client team, architects and the exhibit designers to develop space planning and functional programming for the cultural campus, a five year business plan, human resources planning including staffing requirements and training, education and learning programs for all ages with a focus on helping young people become ready for 21st century jobs, partnership development, and drafting policies and procedures to guide the day-to-day operations of the Museum.

    Read more about MUNET (in Spanish):

  • HabrĂĄ nuevo Museo de EnergĂ­a; sustituirĂĄ al MUTEC
  • TEN Arquitectos diseña proyecto para el Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a en MĂ©xico
    Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a (MUNET), Mexico. Photo courtesy of MUNET. Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a (MUNET), Mexico. Photo courtesy of MUNET. Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a (MUNET) / National Museum of Energy and Technology, Mexico. Photo courtesy of MUNET.

    Video: With 42,000 m2 of green areas and innovative technologies, the new National Museum of Energy and Technology (Museo Nacional de EnergĂ­a y TecnologĂ­a), will be an example of a new and more sustainable Mexico.



    CMHR, Winnipeg, MBCanadian Museum for Human Rights wins 24 awards

    The astounding success of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), the world's first national museum dedicated to human rights and located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, makes headlines. The Museum, designed by Antoine Predock, opened on September 20, 2014 at the city's historic Forks location and since then, it has won 24 international, national and regional awards. On December 2, 2015, it won the National Cultural Tourism Award and was also named one of the seven best-looking buildings in Canada by Travel.com, an Australian travel website. In November 2015, National Geographic Travel named Winnipeg one of the best places to visit on earth on their list, Best Trips 2016.

    Lord Cultural Resources is deeply honoured to have worked 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.

    The CMHR is praised for its iconic architecture, innovative and interactive multimedia technology, and visitor experience. It is also exceeding attendance targets, drawing tourists, and boosting Winnipeg's economy making the city of Winnipeg a tourist attraction. The success of the Museum demonstrates that a great cultural institution plays a key role in city-building.

    Read more about the CMHR's success:

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a hit
  • Human rights museum in Winnipeg wins tourism award, makes best-looking buildings list
  • Winnipeg makes National Geographic's list of best trips on earth 2016
  • Human rights exhibit uses play to teach respect, equality
  • Winners of Jodi Awards 2015 Announced
  • Museum wins top international awards for innovation
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Designed by Antoine Predock Architect
  • Last-minute museum trip inspires
  • Curating hope for a future free of fear at the Museum for Human Rights
  • Museum for Human Rights made from a meeting of minds
  • Winnipeg has the right to celebrate

    Tower of Hope CMHR - Tower of Hope CMHR, Canada-wide public consultation process
    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, view from the Tower of Hope into the Garden of Contemplation. Photo courtesy of CMHR. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights' stunning building designed by Antoine Predock is located at the historic Forks in Winnipeg, MB. Photo courtesy of CMHR. 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.

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



    4Human Rights Day Marks the 67th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Sixty-seven years ago, the United Nations vowed to never again allow the atrocities of World War Two to be repeated. The nations of the world came together and wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming it to all on December 10th, 1948. Decades later, the words contained in that declaration have been given form. Museums and exhibitions were and still are created to educate all on the meaning and importance of our universal rights.

    Lord Cultural Resources is honored to have had the opportunity to advise many museums that celebrate human rights including:

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    Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Winnipeg, MB. National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN. Photo by Adam Jones. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, Photo by Freelon Group.
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, Manhattan, NY. Photo by Laranz. Africville Museum, Halifax, NS. Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    On December 10, 2015, the United Nations called on the world to recognize and guarantee fundamental freedoms and universal human rights, refering to them as "inalienable and inherent – now and always." Read the UN's press release here.

    Photo (top right): Africville Museum, Halifax, NS



    University College 2015 Alumni of Influence AwardGail Lord Winner of 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. The celebration of Gail's remarkable achievements was held at Hart House, University of Toronto, on November 19, 2015. Congratulations to Gail!



    Maria Piacente accepts the 2015 OMA Award. The award's moose sculpture designed by artist Charles Pachter."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".

    The OMA Award for the Manual of Museum Exhibition was presented to Maria Piacente during a reception at the Association's Annual Conference held in Windsor, Ontario on November 5, 2015. Read press release.

    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.



    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.

    Right away, she tears down the idea that museums are still bastions of the old elite. Now, museums are more inclusive, interactive, and open to new ideas. She champions the innovations many museums provide beyond a solemn stroll through their halls. Museums are mending broken hearts, improving our health, and helping newcomers integrate with their surroundings.

    Ngaire prescribes five ways for museums to activate their soft power – and there are twenty-seven more in “Cities, Museums, and Soft Power,” a book she co-wrote with Gail Lord. With this regimen, museums will discover new and creative ways to build happier, healthier communities. Museums have a pulse and the beat is loud and clear.

    Get your dose of inspiration here:


    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 for the exhibitions.

    "We (as Biharis) have a hunger for knowledge- we want to know. We have curiousity and enthusiasm. That is in our character, that is in our nature and that is our DNA. That is why this museum" said Nitish Kumar, honourable Chief Minister of the State of Bihar.

    Batul Raaj Mehta, Director, South Asia for Lord Cultural Resources commented on the event: "Today we were so proud to open the Children’s Museum and the Orientation Gallery. The Children’s museum is a perfect way to introduce this project to the public- rather than the didactic learning model many Indian children are used to at school and museums, here they are encouraged to develop 21st century skills- curiousity, self-directed learning, respect of the environment and learning through play".

    Patna, which is located on the banks of the river Ganges, is a city of 1.7 million people and the largest city in the state of Bihar. It is the birthplace of Buddhism and Jainism and contains Sufi and Sikh sites, the ruins of Nalanda University- the oldest university in the world- and was the centre of the famed Mauryan Empire. The museum is one of a number of projects that aims to support Bihar in becoming a cultural and tourism hub, fostering pride and inspiring locals and visitors alike.

    "Not only is this museum significant in the way in which it honours the rich history of Patna and Bihar” said Eric Leyland, the Creative Director of the project for Lord Cultural Resources, “ it was also planned and implemented by a women-led, Indian team- which has been virtually unprecedented until now. We are very proud that the Lord Cultural Resources team is 70% women and our predominantly local staff has gained the respect of workers, craftsmen, designers, engineers, and government officials alike".

    The museum will open in phases starting today, August 7th, with the history galleries expected to open in 2016.

    Bihar Opening

    Photos: Bihar Museum, Patna, India.



    Ontario’s Celebration Zone Will Celebrate the Best of Ontario

    Ontario’s Celebration Zone, situated on Toronto’s waterfront at Harbourfront Centre, will run from July 10 - August 16 during the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games with lots to do and see for FREE, including nightly concerts, live entertainment, culinary showcases, kids programming and an amazing 400 foot zipline. It will celebrate the Best of Ontario!

    Lord Cultural Resources in association with EllisDon, Hariri-Pontarini Architects, Infinite Stage Design, Parleview, and Astound Group was awarded a contract to plan and deliver daily programming, concerts, exhibits, and other activities in Ontario's Celebration Zone throughout the 38 days of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
    Watch the video and visit www.ontariotravel.net for full program details.

    Ontario’s Celebration Zone Ontario’s Celebration Zone
    Photo: Ontario’s Celebration Zone, Toronto, ON. Photo courtesy of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.



    Magna CartaMagna Carta Will Tour Canada in June 2015

    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. Housed in jewel-like cases, the actual documents will be 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.

    The “Great Charters” will tour some of the most well-known, iconic, heritage institutions across Canada:

    In conjunction with this once in a lifetime visit, an array of online, curriculum-based, learning tools have been produced for use in the classroom – grades 1-12.

    Bring history to life! Visit Magna Carta Canada’s website at www.MagnaCartaCanada.ca, to download free bilingual educational resources that outline the history and significance of Magna Carta and critically examine its impact on the western world, including Canadian history and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Further resources, additional background information, and an expanded timeline can be found at www.MagnaCartaCanada.ca. You will also find information regarding the Canadian tour of Magna Carta.

    Click here for press release. Listen to Maria Piacente, Vice President, talk about the exhibition and watch the video of our clients, Suzy and Len Rodness, Magna Carta Canada, who worked for four years to bring Magna Carta to Canadian soil.

    Photo: Magna Carta. Courtesy of www.magnacartacanada.ca.



    New exhibitions at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21Halifax's Pier 21 Museum Reopens

    The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, NS, has reopened to the public after an extensive six-month renovation. Closed since October, the renovations are part of a $30 million expansion that will see exhibition space almost double. The official re-opening ceremony took place on June 25, 2015.

    One of the exhibits is an interactive view of an ocean liner in the era of immigration. It shows the difference between first class and tourist class place settings. The museum wants to bring the period of 1928 to 1971 alive, a time when Pier 21 was the main entry point for more than a million people. Other exhibits include a train car that took people from Halifax to the rest of Canada, the cramped cabin of an ocean liner and a packed crate like the type Dutch immigrants used to bring over their entire households — including the kitchen sink.

    Lord Cultural Resources was selected to assist the Museum with the expansion project. Our firm led the interpretive planning process, managed the design and fabrication of the new permanent exhibition, and led the content development process for 20,000 square feet of new exhibitions. We provided the architects with the systems and standards required to ensure that all display spaces met the museum standards for environmental controls.

    Watch the videos from the re-opening and about Pier21.

    Photo: New exhibitions at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, NS. Photo courtesy of www.pier21.ca.



    HH Sheikha Latifa MR Al Maktoum Vice Chair DCAA and Mrs. Gail Dexter Lord signing the MoU in Dubai, May 2015.Dubai Culture signs MOU with Lord Cultural Resources to Develop Museums and Creativity

    In May 2015, Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), 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.

    HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed said: “The agreement will enable talented Emiratis to evolve as creative and knowledgeable professionals who can contribute to strengthening the nation’s cultural scene. This complements our commitment to the Dubai Plan 2021 announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as a city of happy, creative and empowered people. It also meets the goals of the UAE National Agenda to empower Emiratis with professional skills to demonstrate their excellence in various sectors.”

    Her Highness added: “As the world’s foremost authorities in museum planning and cultural consultancy, Lord Cultural Resources will share their best practices and vast body of knowledge with the Emirati professionals. They can, in turn, contribute to the nation by brining innovative ideas and initiatives that will further establish Dubai as a global cultural hub.”

    Gail Dexter Lord said: “We have been working with Dubai Culture on various initiatives such as the Al Maktoum Hospital project. The passion, enthusiasm and creativity that the authority’s professionals bring to driving Dubai’s cultural scene is indeed inspiring. Through our collaboration, we can nurture a new generation of Emirati cultural professionals, especially in developing and managing museums, as well as further build the skills of existing team members. It will help build a talent pool of professionals who can effortlessly partner and drive various cultural initiatives planned and executed by Dubai Culture.”

    The programmes, specifically on Museum Studies, will cover various aspects such as collection management and acquisition policies, strategic planning of museums and project development planning. It will also enable future developments of guidelines for both the public and private museum sector in addition to strengthening the skillsets of Emirati professionals in hosting international seminars in the fields of cultural development.

    Dubai Culture currently manages a number of Heritage Sites in Dubai including museums and is actively involved in developing the Al Maktoum Hospital Museum, a first-of-its-kind tribute to the UAE’s first hospital. Preserved through the eyes and experiences of its very first patients, doctors, and nurses, among other personnel, Dubai Culture collates the data to pay homage to the site through a nationwide crowdsourcing programme, encouraging people to share their tales.

    View the press release here.

    Photo: HH Sheikha Latifa MR Al Maktoum Vice Chair DCAA and Mrs. Gail Dexter Lord signing the MoU in Dubai, UAE, May 2015.



    Beacon Municipal Center and Exhibits, Decatur, GABeacon Municipal Center and Exhibits Opens in Decatur, GA, on May 16, 2015

    The Beacon Municipal Center, which houses the Ebster Recreation Center and gym, Decatur Police Department & Municipal Court, City Schools of Decatur Administrative Offices, community gathering space, and exhibits, opened on May 16, 2015. The Center’s site was once home to Decatur’s segregated African American public schools – Herring Street School, Beacon Elementary, and Trinity High School. Working with Rutledge-Alcock Architects, the City of Decatur and Decatur Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson, Lord Cultural Resources led the exhibition development and design as well as managed exhibit fabrication by Malone Design/Fabrication.

    Exhibit content was developed through close community consultation and highlights community life in the Beacon community, student life, important community leaders, and the larger historical context that impacted the community, including segregation and desegregation, and the city’s “urban renewal” projects that changed the landscape of the area. The new Center incorporates elements of the original school buildings and serves as a valuable community resource so that the Center will continue to serve as a “Beacon” for all Decatur residents.

    Congratulations to the City of Decatur on the opening of this important community resource!

    Photo: Exhibits at the Beacon Municipal Center, Decatur, GA. Photo courtesy of Malone Design/Fabrication.


    French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 Promotes an Idea of the Market Hall as a Centre for Agricultural Production

    We are proud to announce the opening of the French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, designed by the architect agency X-TU and Adeline Rispal along with Lordculture. The French Pavilion design responds to the Expo theme "Feeding the Planet. Energy for life." by proposing a building based around a vision of the market hall as a centre for agricultural production. Lordculture was asked to develop the visitor’s experience, the key messages and the content of the outdoor and indoor permanent exhibition. Our scope of work included the organization of 20 meetings and workshops with scientists and partners of the French Ministry of Agriculture to determine and detail the topics and objects shown in the pavilion. Over 25 million visitors are expected to attend the exhibition centered around France's food production during its 6 months of operation.

    François Hollande, PrĂ©sident of the French Republic, has stated: "In order to feed the world, all agricultures in all countries must become more mobilised, but we have undertaken this responsibility. We must help other countries produce more. Our agriculture plays a major role in the provision of agricultural products and the balance of global markets. It is my objective that we achieve this goal. France must contribute to feeding the world's population and act to ensure employment and thriving in our territories”.

    By promoting agro-ecology and new technologies for precision agriculture, France demonstrates that innovation is not in contrast with the production of quality food, or the preservation of taste and traditions. This concept of "agriculture of tomorrow" will allow for an increase in the production of food products, while allowing to preserve natural resources.

    French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

    Photos: French Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Photo courtesy of CMC / X-TU / Studio A. Rispal.


    Cité de la Voile Eric TabarlyThe Newly Redesigned and Highly Interactive Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly Opens in Lorient, France

    After welcoming more than 550,000 visitors over 7 years, the CitĂ© de la Voile Eric Tabarly, a museum dedicated to sailing and ocean racing, has completely renovated its exhibition space to become the gateway to the Lorient La Base, the largest European center dedicated to offshore racing. The CitĂ© de la Voile’s newly imagined, innovative space is highly interactive and features more sensory experiences with a large immersive projection, a simulator of navigation, racing games and playful hands-on exhibits to take the visitor into the magical world of yacht racing. The CitĂ© takes advantage of the latest technology to showcase the best of sailing and offshore racing, while at the same time offering a more playful and dynamic exhibition that is accessible to everyone. A real window into the high-tech world of the nautical industry, the CitĂ© de la Voile Eric Tabarly opened on April 28, 2015, after 6 months of construction, funded by Lorient AgglomĂ©ration and led by the architectural design firm Atelier Sompairac Architectes.

    Lordculture worked with Lorient Agglomeration for three years on this project: from the initial phase to developing a new detailed program which enhances the visitor experience. Subsequently, the Lordculture's' team assisted the client in selecting a designer, advised on design and then supervised the implementation and production of the new exhibition. Lordculture also worked closely with the Cité team to write content for the exhibition.

    We congratulate and wish the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly ongoing success.

    Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly

    Photos: Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly. Photo courtesy of Lorient Agglomération.


    Union Museum, DubaiRuler of Dubai Endorses Union Museum Project

    UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has endorsed the implementation of the Union Museum (formerly Etihad Museum) project. The 25,000 square-meter museum is adjacent to the Union House which witnessed the signing of the treaty establishing the United Arab Emirates federation in 1971.

    Lord Cultural Resources has been working on this project in Dubai since 2013. Our team was responsible for the interpretive planning and exhibition design, while Moriyama and Teshima was responsible for the building's architecture.

    Please visit the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's personal website where you can see our project described as we have planned it, experience by experience, with renderings. We are delighted and deeply honoured to see our plan for the experience, as we had envisioned it, get approval at the highest level. Read more here.

    Photo: Dubai’s AED 500 million Union Museum. Photo courtesy of Government of Dubai


    Lord Statement on Destruction of Heritage in Mosul

    Lord Cultural Resources stands united with the Mosul Museum and the global cultural community against the deplorable destruction of human life and world cultural heritage by the Islamic State. We fully support Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in her efforts to convene an emergency UN Security Council meeting and the brave cultural workers who risk their lives every day in an effort to protect Iraq's cultural heritage. Read more here.


    Canada: Day 1 Travelling Exhibition at Markham Museum, ONCanada: Day 1 Travelling Exhibition Opens on February 16, 2015

    Canada: Day 1, a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (CMIP), officially opened at Markham Museum’s Winterfest celebrations on Family Day, February 16, 2015. The exhibition can be viewed from January 16 to June 7, 2015 at Markham Museum in Ontario.

    Canada: Day 1 explores first steps, first impressions and first experiences of newcomers to Canada, from Confederation to present day. The exhibition explores diverse personal immigration experiences in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes. Read more here.

    Lord Cultural Resources has provided planning and design for the Canada: Day 1 travelling exhibition in partnership with Kubik who provided fabrication services.

    Photo: "Canada: Day 1" Travelling Exhibition is presented from January 16 to June 7, 2015 at Markham Museum, ON. Photo: www.pier21.ca.


    HandsOn!Apply For Children In Museums Award by February 28, 2015

    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? Download the updated application form now.

    The deadline for applications has been extended to February 28, 2015. More information can be found on the Hands On! and European Museum Academy websites.


    Gail Lord presenting at Alliance FrancaiseGail Lord Appointed Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government

    Gail Lord, Co-President Lord Cultural Resources, was appointed Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government. She delivered a speech at a reception in her honour at Alliance Française Toronto on December 8, 2014. Read more in The Toronto Star and view Gail's presentation, and her award accepting speech in French and English.

    Photo: Gail Lord accepting the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) award at Alliance Française Toronto on December 8, 2014.


    MOU signing between CMA and Lord Cultural Resources, Beijing, China.Lord Cultural Resources Renews the Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Museums Association

    On November 24, 2014, in Beijing, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was renewed between the Chinese Museums Association and Lord Cultural Resources. The Memorandum of Understanding was originaly signed on October 19, 2011.

    The Memorandum of Understanding provides an opportunity for the two organizations to collaborate for a three-year period on museum study and professional standards, and realize information and resource sharing, including training opportunities related to museum operation and a wide variety of related topics, including, among others: Museum project evaluation, Museum strategic planning, Museum human resource development, Museum related organizational development, Museum facility standards, Museum management and operational standards, as well as Visitor experience and content development standards.

    The Chinese Museums Association is the officially authorized non-profit organization to liaise with museums in the People’s Republic of China. The Association provides related services and promotes professional activities as well as international exchange programs, aims to supervise museum professional self-discipline and promote museum professional development.

    Photo: Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by Mr. Song Xinchao and Ms. Gail Dexter Lord in Beijing, China, on November 24, 2014.


    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.

    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.

    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!

    North Dakota Heritage Center, Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time. Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.
    Photos: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.
    North Dakota Heritage Center, Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples
    Photos: 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.

    Fort York Visitor Centre, TorontoFort York Visitor Centre Opened on September 20

    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.

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

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


    The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibitionThe Museum of AIDS in Africa

    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.

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


    The Canadian Museum for Human RightsThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights Opens on September 20

    Join the celebration online or on live TV no matter where you are. The FREE events are: the nationally broadcast Canadian Concert for Human Rights - Saturday evening, September 20; over 25 daytime performances and activities - Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21; a special free “preview tour” through selected galleries inside the Museum, on Saturday and Sunday.

    Please visit the CMHR website for the full schedule of events.

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


    Canadian Museum for Human Rights will open September 20, 2014University of Manitoba and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Offer a Course on Human Rights

    This summer, the University of Manitoba offered a brand new course "Teaching and Leading for Human Rights Education" that was developed and delivered in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The course offered teachers an opportunity to take an in-depth and critical look at human rights and human rights education. Teachers explored the histories and rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples to ponder how these issues can—and must be—examined more deeply within our classrooms and how might we, individually and collectively, think within a human rights framework and consider actions that will make the world more just. Read more here.

    Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Image source: humanrights.ca.


    Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid, Baku, AzerbaijanHeydar Aliyev Center Wins Design of the Year Award

    Zaha Hadid has won the (British) Design Museum's Design of the Year award for the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, the largest cultural centre in the Caucasus and Middle-Asian region. Congratulations!

    Lordculture has planned the operational aspects of the site as well as cultural programs, partnerships and communication strategies, and provided the training plan and services for the future staff. Read more here.

    Photo: Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid, Baku, Azerbaijan.


    World Architecture News Interview

    Lord Cultural Resources was featured in the Interview section of the 15 July issue of News Review of World Architecture News. The full article is accessible here.


    Chicago, ILChicago Plans Global Architecture Biennial for 2015

    The City of Chicago has announced that in 2015 it will launch an international exhibition of cutting-edge architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will alternate years with the famed Venice Architecture Biennale.

    "One of the goals is to firmly cement Chicago's identity as a cultural destination," said Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the agency working on the biennial. "We have all this here. We think it's time that the rest of the world knew it too."

    One year ago, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE has been unprecedented. Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord commented: “I am thrilled that one of our key cultural planning recommendations -- the Chicago Architecture Biennial -- is being implemented. I explained to Mayor Emanuel that 'Chicago is to modern architecture what Florence is to the Renaissance' and he moved on it."
    Read more in The Chicago Tribune's article.

    Image: Chicago architecture. Image source: Podas Info. Photo By Jeff Schewe.


    David Livingstone Centre Project Proceeds into Detailed Architectural Design

    The David Livingstone Centre is a biographical museum dedicated to the life and work of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone. In 2013, Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to develop a Master Plan to redevelop the David Livingstone Centre as a sustainable, relevant and engaging destination in in Blantyre, UK. Our team developed a plan that identified a strong mission to take the Center into the 21st century and options for sustainable development and management of the site; formed the foundation of subsequent design briefs; and informed subsequent business planning. Lord Cultural Resources led the Master Plan with Gareth Hoskins Architects as our sub-contractors. The project is now proceeding into detailed architectural design.

    Vision to regenerate the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK
    Photo: Vision to regenerate the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK. Image source: Gareth Hoskins Architects. Photo: David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK.

    ZOOM Children’s MuseumZOOM Children's Museum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

    ZOOM Kindermuseum (ZOOM Children’s Museum) is one of the largest and most important cultural establishments for children in Austria. Opened in 2001 in Vienna’s famed Museums Quartier, ZOOM offers trend-setting exhibits. Lord Cultural Resources completed the feasibility study and development plan for the Museum in 1993.

    Today, ZOOM Children’s Museum is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with new and ambitious plans to open a satellite children’s museum in the new Weltmuseum in the Hofburg. Congratulations! Read Gail Lord's article published in the Museum's commemorative book.

    Photo: ZOOM Children’s Museum. Image source: www.kindermuseum.at.


    Kid Koala10 Days till the Luminato Festival

    Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city of Toronto and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create. Lord Cultural Resources has worked on the strategic plan for Luminato and we can hardly wait for the new season.

    Jorn Weisbrodt, Luminato's Artistic Director, shares his excitement about the upcoming Luminato Festival: "The festival is 10 days away and there is not really time to breathe but the excitement is definitely felt all around – but all in a good way. Artists are starting to arrive in town this weekend. I will head over to Banff to see a final run through of Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall Live – a graphic novel animated in real time with a live soundtrack. I am really excited to see this as I doubt anything like this has been done before. I cannot wait to see all the sets and the direction by the Oscar nominated KK Barrett. What an amazing artist Kid Koala is to always come up with something new and fun. And the great thing is there is no language, it is something for all cultures and all audiences. Who does not want to see a robot falling in love with another robot?". Read the entire article here.

    Image: Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall Live. Image source: www.luminatofestival.com.


    National Holocaust MonumentLord Cultural Resources and world renowned team awarded design of Canada's National Holocaust Monument

    Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, along with Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Tim Uppal announced on May 12, 2014, the awarding of the National Holocaust Monument National Design Competition to the team led by Lord Cultural Resources. The National Holocaust Monument, established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada, will ensure a permanent, national symbol that will honour and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and recognize Canadian survivors. The Monument will stand in Ottawa, ON, symbolically located across from the Canadian War Museum. Lord Cultural Resources will lead the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team that includes architect Daniel Libeskind, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, Quebec-based landscape architect Claude Cormier and University of Toronto Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen. Doris Bergen.
    Read more and view photos.

    Image: Rendering of the future National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, ON.


    National Sep 11 Museum, NYNew 9/11 Museum Opens in New York

    After years of planning, the National September 11 Museum created to document and memorialize the devastating attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, opened to the public on May 21, 2014 in New York. The opening followed a May 15 ceremony and a six-day dedication period during which the museum stayed open 24 hours a day so that survivors, the families of victims, rescue and recovery workers, and neighborhood residents and business owners could preview the 110,000 square feet of exhibitions and tributes that document the history and memorialize the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

    Lord Cultural Resources provided Institutional Planning to define the concept of the Memorial Museum and plan for its programs, collections, facilities, structure and overall operations. We were also on the design team of the Norwegian architectural firm SnĂžhetta as museum planning consultants for the Visitor Center, and prepared a Business Plan.

    Image: National September 11 Museum. Source: www.911memorial.org.


    Giza Pyramids, EgyptGrand Egyptian Museum to Open by 2015

    Construction is under way on main hall of new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) expected to open in August 2015 in Giza, Egypt. GEM will house the largest display of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, including treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The Museum lies on 117 acres of land (90,000 square meters) and is now in its third and final phase of construction, which began in January 2014. The construction costs of this phase alone approximated at $815 million. The last part of the massive construction project includes the museum’s main building as well as the landscape, parks and surrounding infrastructure.

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided financial assistance and knowledge. Lord Cultural Resources is on the team of the joint venture between Hill International and EHAF Consulting Engineers to advise on design and tendering of the GEM exhibitions.

    Learn more about pyramids in Giza. Visit the Giza website created by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and check out the interactive website to view Giza pyramids in 3D, created by Harvard University and Dassault SystĂšmes. The Giza Project is now based at Harvard University.

    Image: Pyramids in Giza. Photo by giza3d.3ds.com.


    The Museum of the American Revolution, as envisioned by Robert A.M. SternMaking Way for the Museum of the American Revolution

    The future Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR) is to be built at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, PA, just steps away from Independence Hall. The building, now on the site of the former Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center built in 1976, has been closed since 2002, and ownership was transferred to MoAR in 2010 through a land exchange. Demolition on the existing building is anticipated to begin in March 2014, and construction to begin during the summer of 2014. The museum building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is scheduled to open in late 2016. The opening salvo of the Museum of the American Revolution took place on March 5. Lord Cultural Resources provided management consulting, facility planning and public programming services for the MoAR project.

    Image: The Museum of the American Revolution, as envisioned by Robert A.M. Stern. Photo by http://www.ramsa.com.


    Liget BudapestLordculture Is Planning Consultant for Varosliget Budapest in Hungary

    The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt., owned by the Hungarian State, announced an architectural competition for the design of five museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project. The five buildings will be located within the area of City Park Budapest (Városliget). The scope of work includes: construction of the new buildings, a complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and renovation of the institutions already present. Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park. Lordculture has been assisting Varosliget in planning of the Museum of Ethnography and the New National Gallery & Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art.

    In November 2013, Laure Colliex, Carolyne Krummenacker and Aline Mandai from Lordculture presented at the international workshop on Budapest's Liget cultural quarter planned for the City Park. Read more at www.ligetbudapest.org and www.szepmuveszeti.hu.

    Image: Liget Budapest Project. Photo by www.ligetbudapest.org.


    Vaughan new City HallGail Lord Quoted in an Article on Arts District in Vaughan

    Gail Lord, Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources, was extensively quoted in an article by YorkRegion.com on development of an Arts District in the City of Vaughan, ON. Gail Lord facilitated the Working Session of the Vaughan City Council, and led the discussion on the development of a vibrant arts and culture scene in Vaughan. Gail stressed the importance of updating the Vaughan cultural plan, which would include consultation with the public to discuss the current trends in cultural planning and the ways and means of moving forward.

    Read the article Vaughan receives expert advice on creating arts, culture hub and view the presentation How Cultural Planning Makes a Difference delivered by Gail Lord to Vaughan City Council.

    Image: Vaughan new City Hall


    Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Breaks Ground

    The Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, CA, broke ground on March 1, 2014 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts. Lord Cultural Resources developed the architectural program and advised on the design-build team selection process.
    Read more at shremmuseum.ucdavis.edu.

    Video: "Art in the Making".


    Witte Museum’s B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections CenterB. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center Opened on March 1

    The first phase of our client's project, the Witte Museum’s B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center, opened on March 1 in San Antonio, TX. The new B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center now offers permanent storage to 300,000 artifacts collected over 86 years. All objects are maintained under optimum temperature, humidity and light levels to safeguard them for future generations. Except for light-sensitive works on paper and textiles, most collection items are on constant view or in pull-out drawers enabling thousands of artifacts to be accessible to the public for the first time. The new Center includes the Orientation Gallery, San Antonio Express-News Reading Room, Peggy Walker Archives and the Texas Art Storage Gallery. Lord Cultural Resources was the exhibition designer, interpretive planner and space planner for the project.

    Image: Witte Museum’s B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center. Source: www.wittemuseum.org.


    Rosa Parks BusProject News - Rosa Parks Apartment Museum

    Every February, the United States and Canada commemorate Black History Month to honor the legacy of people of African descent, past and present. At Lord Cultural Resources, we honor these legacies every day. Just recently, the firm has been commissioned to complete a Strategic Feasibility Study for the conversion of the apartment and building where Civil Rights leader, Rosa Parks, once resided. From 1951-1957, Mrs. Parks resided at 632 Cleveland Court, a public housing community and during that time, played a pivotal role in the historically significant bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. To appropriately commemorate and honor Mrs. Parks, the Montgomery Housing Authority, is exploring the creation of a museum or other suitable alternative use for the building.

    Simultaneously, our firm is working with museum and heritage staff to commemorate the stories of people of African descent at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC; the National Urban League in New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Africville in Nova Scotia.

    Image: Rosa Parks on a Montgomery bus on December 21, 1956, the day Montgomery's public transportation system was legally integrated. Photu by wikipedia.org.


    Fort MonroeFort Monroe Master Plan Approved

    Lord Cultural Resources has worked on a team led by Sasaki & Associates to develop a Master Plan for Fort Monroe, a recently decommissioned Army base on a site with 400 years of historical significance, just outside Hampton, Virginia. We have been developing a cultural strategy as part of the Fort Monroe master plan. The outgoing governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, has just signed the approval of the plan. Read the news story here.


    Culture and Art at the Retail Mall

    Lordculture participated in MAPIC, the International Market for Retail Real Estate conference, on November 14, 2013 in Cannes, France. The event gathered thousands of retailers, investors, city representatives and developers. Content partner for MAPIC, Lordculture co-organized the conference panel on Pop-up culture? How culture and retail paradigms marry to attract shoppers that was moderated by Laure Confavreux Colliex, Executive Vice President. Laure spoke to how culture and art can be part of the retail mall experience and what's possible when culture meets commerce. She envisions a future in which real estate and retailers might become key stakeholders in financing culture. Read more about Laure's presentation at MAPIC here (on page 4).


    September 2014CMHR Announces September 2014 Opening Date

    Congratulations to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) who will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014! The CMHR is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Lord Cultural Resources has been involved in this project from the early stages and we are thrilled about the announcement. Read the press release in English and French.


    Gail Lord Guest Speaker at Heritage Toronto Awards

    Gail Lord, Co-President, was Guest Speaker at the 39th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, on October 15, 2013. Gail spoke about Building Heritage with Innovation.

    Video: Introductions and presentation by Gail Lord at the 39th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture.


    Presenting Louvre Lens

    A new branch of Musée du Louvre in Lens (Louvre Lens), Nord-Pas de Calais region, France, has been opened for five months and continues to be a great success. To date, Louvre Lens has received over 300,000 visitors and 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor.com.

    Lordculture, comissioned by the Region Nord-Pas de Calais, worked with regional authorities and the Musée du Louvre to develop the concept, provide functional and interpretive planning, guide the architectural competition and project manage the exhibition design process for Louvre Lens. The Museum was designed by Sanaa in collaboration with Imrey Culbert and Catherine Mosbach. Adrien GardÚre provided exhibit design.

    Video: In Museum with... Adrien Gardùre, museographer and exhibition designer with Lordculture’s Laure Confavreux Colliex and Carolyne Krummenacker.


    Lordculture Cited in Journal des arts

    Lordculture is working on the new strategic and business plan for the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France. On the occasion of this new project, we are cited in the November 1st issue of the Journal des arts.


    Barry Lord Interviewed by an Australian Newspaper

    Barry Lord, Co-President, has been interviewed by Phil Brown, The Courier-Mail newspaper in Australia. Our firm is working in Brisbane together with Cox Rayner Architects and urban planners Urbis to develop the Cultural Precinct Master Plan, a 20 year vision statement for South Bank area. Read the online article entitled "Cultural expert Barry Lord says South Bank needs children's art gallery or museum" or view the PDF of the print version.


    Chicago Cultural PlanOne Year Anniversary of Chicago Cultural Plan Launch

    Congratulations to the City of Chicago and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE)! One year ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE, on everyday Chicagoans has been unprecedented. Over half of the plan's 241 initiatives have been implemented, transforming major global events like the city's Taste of Chicago and attracting and leveraging support from major corporations and city agencies to strengthen neighborhood cultural access. This month Mayor Emanuel announced that the plan would receive a proposed $1.25 million in the City's 2014 budget.

    Read related media articles City To Spend $1 Million On Great Chicago Fire Festival and $1M set aside for festival dedicated to Great Chicago Fire.


    Best Paper Award to Barry Lord, Rome, ItalyBarry Lord Wins Best Paper Award

    Barry Lord, Co-President, won "Best Paper Award" for his research paper entitled Energy and Cultural Heritage: How Values Change from SCHeMa 2013: International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management at the RomaTre University in Rome, Italy on October 11-12, 2013. The Scientific Committee presented Barry with the Award in recognition of the research paper quality, originality and significance in Cultural Heritage Management. Read Barry's research paper here.

    Photo: Best Paper Award for Barry Lord's research paper Energy and Cultural Heritage: How Values Change


    Buddha Smriti Park Museum in Patna, Bihar, IndiaBuddha Smriti Park Museum Inaugurated

    The newly constructed museum at the Buddha Smriti Park was inaugurated on September 13, 2013 in Bihar, India. This is probably the only museum on Buddhism, which tells the story of Buddha along with the art that Buddhism created.

    It was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, and the Chief Guest of the event was the Princess of Bhutan, Princess Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk. It was inaugurated on the event of the International Buddhist Conclave, and had Buddhist experts and monks attending from 39 countries. Congratulations to our Lord Cultural Resources project team who made it happen.

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    Photo: Buddha Smriti Park Museum in Patna, Bihar, India

    12 world’s foremost architects compete to design Nobel Center in StockholmWorld’s foremost architects compete to design Nobel Center in Stockholm

    Over 140 architects were considered for the architectural competition to design Nobel Center at Blasieholmen in Stockholm, Sweden. On October 3, 2013, eleven renown architects, who were selected to compete, presented conceptual proposals for the architectural design of the Nobel Center – the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. The proposals explain how the new facility will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on the Blasieholmen peninsula and at Nybroviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea.

    Lordculture is honoured and delighted to participate in this prestigious competition as part of the 3XN Architects team. Read the press release, the announcement, and more details. View the competing architectural concepts here.

    The Participating Architects are:

    • Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark
    • Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark
    • David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects Gessellschaft von Architekten mbH, Germany
    • Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
    • Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
    • Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S, Denmark
    • Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG, Switzerland
    • Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA, Netherlands
    • Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, Japan
    • Kjetil Thorsen, SnĂžhetta Oslo A/S, Norway
    • Gert WingĂ„rdh, WingĂ„rdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden

    Image: Alexander Mahmoud. © Nobel Media. All rights reserved.


    Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation CentreManuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre Opens on July 3rd

    The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre took place on July 3, 2013. The new building and permanent exhibition opened to the public on July 4.

    Manuels River Park is an internationally renowned geological park located in Conception Bay South, near St. John’s, NL. The new Interpretation Centre overlooking the site will be an attraction for residents and tourists alike. The Centre celebrates the geological and natural significance of the Manuels River and valley, acts as a gateway to the natural heritage resources of the Manuels River Linear Park, and serves as an orientation to the tourism opportunities in Newfoundland.

    Lord Cultural Resources and Mystus Exhibits were hired to plan, design, fabricate and install the exhibits in the Centre, and to develop an audio guide system and brochure to provide visitors with information as they explore the Park. The Exhibits include a range of dynamic, interactive, educational and aesthetic displays that will impress visitors with the significant resources of Manuels River Park—its geology, landscape, flora and fauna, and use by humans.

    Schedule of July Opening Events:

    • Wednesday, July 3, 201 3– Invite Only event for the Board, Contributors, Government and Dignitaries
    • Thursday, July 4, 2013 – Open Doors Day, the building will be open to the public and showcasing some of the programing that will be available.
    • Friday, July 5, 2013 – Family program and activity in the afternoon (1-3pm, time not final) and evening campfire with marshmallows
    • Saturday, July 6, 2013 – 23rd Annual Watch your Bobber Race Fundraiser
    • Sunday, July 7, 2013 – Geocaching Adventure Day

    Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

    Photo: Visitors at the Opening of the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South, near St. John’s, NL.
    Visit the Manuels River park website at www.manuelsriver.com.


    Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey - permanent exhibition"Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey" Opens

    A permanent exhibition entitled Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey opened at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, IA on June 15, 2013. Read more information on the opening activities on the Museum website.

    Lord Cultural Resources provided the Visioning, Interpretive Planning, Content Coordination and Development, graphic templates and case layouts for the exhibition in cooperation with Xibitz, who are Project Managers and the fabricators of the exhibition.

    Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

    Photo: Visitors at the Opening of the new exhibition Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML).
    Visit Museum's website at www.ncsml.org.


    My History Museum website wins bronze MUSE award"My History Museum" website wins bronze MUSE award

    The My History Museum website created as part of a public engagement process for the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) has won a bronze MUSE award in the category of "Digital communities" from the American Alliance of Museums.

    Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have facilitated the development of the My History Museum website as a way to invite the participation of Canadians to the planning of a new permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization – soon to become the Canadian History Museum.

    MUSE awards are given to projects from around the world.

    “We are absolutely delighted with the award. Working with the museum staff to create the My History Museum campaign has re-confirmed for us that opening the doors to public participation is an integral part of any planning process,” says Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources. “The CMC wanted to affirm to Canadians wherever they may be that this is their museum and the web combined with face-to-face meetings did this."

    Between October 2012 and February 2013, the My History Museum website invited comment and ideas to questions such as: What artifacts would you put in your national history museum? What stories would you tell? How would you reach Canadians from across the country? Canadians embraced the project, leaving comments and suggestions and voting on their favourite objects, important historical events, and personalities. As suggestions were made, the site was enriched with new content and images based on the input of visitors.

    “Teachers and young people were particularly receptive to the website but a diverse cross-section of people left comments and ‘voted’, ” says Ngaire Blankenberg, Project Manager for Lord Cultural Resources. “We worked to create a graphic identity and forms of interaction that were not barriers for those who didn’t feel confident about their knowledge of Canadian history,” she says. “We wanted to make it a fun invitation, not a school exam.”

    The My History Museum website was part of a broader consultation process that included face to face meetings, panel discussions, and activities in public spaces like airports, libraries, and shopping malls.

    Image: "My History Museum" website at www.civilization.ca/myhistorymuseum


    the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (IRCM)The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Reopens

    A brand new permanent exhibition and visual identity for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (IRCM) were launched in April. The new permanent exhibition entitled The Humanitarian Adventure aims to trace the major stages of humanitarian history before and after the creation of the Red Cross. A competition to design the new scenography for the permanent exhibition was launched with the assistance of Lordculture in 2010. Nine international architect/scenographer firms were invited to take part. The jury selected three internationally acclaimed architects: Gringo Cardia from Brazil, Diébédo Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso and Shigeru Ban from Japan. Coordination of the overall master plan and the work of the three winning architects, as well as the redevelopment of the common spaces and the new temporary exhibition room were entrusted to atelier oï from Switzerland.

    Image: The tree of messages at the new permanent exhibition. Photo by www.redcrossmuseum.ch.


    President of the Chinese Museums Association Speaks at the ROM

    On May 23, 2013, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with Lord Cultural Resources hosted Mr. Song Xinchao, President of the Chinese Museums Association and Deputy Director-General for State Administration of Culture Heritage, The People's Republic of China. During his one-day stay in Toronto, Mr. Song visited the ROM and made a presentation on the current unprecedented growth of Chinese museums. Mr. Song also spoke about the fascinating, rapid, and dynamic progress of museum sector in his country. View his presentation here.


    Launch of Wind River Virtual Museum of Ancestral Artifacts

    The Wind River Virtual Museum aims to provide members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes of the Wind River Reservation in Central Wyoming a vehicle to retain their cultural heritage, as the numbers of tribal elders are diminishing. The virtual museum also attempts to give next generation of tribal members and the general public a way to learn about the heritage of these two tribes.

    Watch the documentary Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum, which premiered on Wyoming PBS on May 14, 2013, produced by Alpheus Media in association with Lord Cultural Resources.

    Video: Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum. Video broadcast on Wyoming PBS.


    UC Davis Selects Architectural Team To Create An Art Museum For The 21st Century

    The architectural design has been selected for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. The selected design is the "Grand Canopy," which was shaped by architect SO – IL, with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the architect of record and Whiting-Turner as the building contractor. Congratulations to the selected architects!

    Lord Cultural Resources developed the architectural program and advised on the design-build team selection process. Learn more about the Grand Canopy design here and read the press release.

    Video: A new model for museums: Architect discusses vision for The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art


    Bergamo - The Cultural Embassy of EuropeBergamo European Capital of Culture 2019

    The March 14, 2013 press conference officially launched the work of the international team composed of Lord Cultural Resources with Italian partner Federica Olivares to develop the candidacy of Bergamo (Italy) to become European Capital of Culture in 2019. Lord Cultural Resources is developing the concept for the candidacy of Bergamo and the creation of a rich program of events between 2013 and 2019. Read it in Italian here.

    Gail and Barry Lord, Co-Presidents, and Javier Jimenez, Senior Consultant, participated in the inauguration of "The Cultural Embassy of Europe" an initiative of Bergamo's candidature to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2019. The "Embassy" is a space on Bergamo's historic Piazza Vecchio where people of Bergamo can meet and discuss cultural change with colleagues from throughout Europe. Read more in Italian here and here.

    Please visit Bergamo's Candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2019 website for a list of cultural events.

    Image: The Bergamo 2019 team. Video: Federica Olivares speaks about Bergamo's candidacy.


    The Natural History Museum of Utah’s new building, The Rio Tinto CenterWhen Museum Planning Leads to Excellence

    The director of the Natural History Museum of Utah, Sarah B. George has received the prestigious Building Museums “Buildy” Award in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments leading the Museum through the challenging process of creating new museum space. Lord Cultural Resources has provided master planning and business planning with a focus on the Museum's expansion plan and the visitor experience since 1994. Congratulations to Dr. Sarah B. George!

    Image: The Natural History Museum of Utah’s new building, The Rio Tinto Center; newsdesk.nhmu.utah.edu.