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Canadian Museum of History
Newsletters / July 31, 2017
Canadian Museum of History opens new Canadian History Hall

On July 1st, 2017 the Canadian Museum of History inaugurated The Canadian History Hall, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as the first of hundreds of visitors to walk through the revamped exhibit, which tells the history of Canada and its people from the dawn of human habitation to the present. Through authentic artifacts and compelling stories, the Hall explores the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped and continue to shape this country.

The newly opened Canadian History Hall covers the expanse of the country’s history, affirming links from past narratives to future hopes. Read the Globe and Mail's article about the Canadian History Hall. 

In 2012, Lord Cultural Resources developed an innovative public engagement and consultation process for the Canadian Museum of History’s cross-Canada tour that sought input from the public on what they would like from their national history museum. Through a dynamic and interactive website, a survey, hands-on activities set up at kiosks in malls, airports and markets around the country as well as a series of panel discussions and roundtables, Canadians were asked to share their thoughts on the major themes, stories, events, and people who have shaped the country’s history. Read about our work with the Canadian Museum of History.

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Canadian Diversity Gardens
News / July 29, 2017
Prime Minister Trudeau announces $35 Million Investment in Canadian Diversity Gardens

On Saturday, Prime Minister Trudeau was at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg to announce a $35 million investment by the Canadian Government to build Canada’s Diversity Gardens. Telling the stories of all Canadians, Canada’s Diversity Gardens will showcase our nation’s extraordinary multicultural heritage and allow visitors to discover how plants have shaped the life and identity of their own culture, community and their country – past, present and future. 

The Canadian Government’s contribution will cover approximately 50% of the cost of the Gardens and will be further supported by a commitment of $15 million from the province of Manitoba and $10 million from the City of Winnipeg, with private donors providing an additional $15 million.

Lord Cultural Resources is currently working with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the consultant team to develop the visitor experience and program elements for the proposed new conservatory and to help guide further design and implementation. A cohesive narrative has been developed to tie all the elements together in order to tell a complete and captivating story that will appeal to local visitors and tourists alike, encouraging understanding, exploration and discovery, as well as generating repeat visitation.

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The Soft Power 30: A Global Ranking of Soft Power 2017
News / July 21, 2017
Gail Lord Makes Museums A Soft Power Factor in Latest Top 30 Rankings

The third annual Soft Power 30 index has been released by Portland Communications in partnership with Facebook. The Index is the world’s most comprehensive comparative assessment of global soft power, it combines objective data and international polling to build the clearest picture of global soft power to date. This year’s index features the article “The soft power of museums” by Gail Lord, President and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, in which she emphasizes how cultural institutions leave their mark. Gail also discusses the rise of museums as prominent soft power platforms through the amplification of civic discourse, accelerating of cultural change and contribution to cultural intelligence.

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Queensland Museum- World Science Festival Brisbane
News / July 14, 2017
2017 Soft Power Destinations Awards Shortlist Announced

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards – or “The Oscars for museums” – are back September 29th, and the incredible shortlist of nominees for the Soft Power Destinations of the Year category have been announced.

This year marks the second year of the Soft Power Destinations category. These awards recognize the cultural organizations, activations or districts that have powerful influence and impact based on their excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability.

This year’s Soft Power Destinations of the Year category is sponsored by Valletta 2018. The Valetta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the European Capital of Culture Programme in Malta.

Nine nominees were shortlisted in the categories of Best Soft Power Organization, Best Soft Power Cultural Activation and Best Soft Power Cultural District. 

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Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders
Projects / 2016- Ongoing
Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders

In 2016, Lord Cultural Resources was invited to be a part of an international team tasked with re-imagining the iconic Perlan in Reykjavik. Once completed, the Perlan will be transformed into an area where tourists and fellow Icelanders will be able to explore the unique natural history of Iceland in a highly interactive and entertaining museum environment — in addition to enjoying the wonderful architecture of the Perlan itself. The Perlan is set to become and even more exciting attraction in 2017.

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News / June 26, 2017
“Does Art Really Make Us Better Citizens?”

What is the nature of the relationship between embracing the arts and participating in the life of a community? When and under what circumstances do the arts bind people and places together—and when do they divide us? And what do we need from the arts at a moment when many people are more isolated, and our civic life more polarized? Middle East Institute Arts & Culture Program director Lyne Sneige, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma Arts and Humanities chair Luz María Sánchez, global arts consultant Gail Dexter Lord, and cultural historian and chair of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Lynne Conner examine how having the arts in our lives can draw us closer to our own societies.

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Visitor participation in the Cooper Hewitt Process Lab’s Citizen Design exhibit. Photo by Priya Sircar.
News / June 22, 2017
Spin the Wheel and Land on Community

Read Senior Consultant Priya Sircar's piece "Spin the Wheel and Land on Community" recently published online by Zócalo Public Square. A dynamic article on the topic of arts engagement. "All arts engagement should be community engagement, because arts organizations should exist to benefit—or serve—their communities, however those communities are defined and whatever form that service takes".

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Museum of Tolerance, Soft Power, Gail Lord
News / June 22, 2017
Los Angeles, Museums and Soft Power: Keynote at the Museum of Tolerance

Watch Gail Dexter Lord give the keynote lecture Los Angeles, Museums and Soft Power, discussing ways to accelerate Soft Power to address some of the most important issues of our time. Listen as she discusses how museums world-wide activate Soft Power to shape attitudes and influence change.

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Gail Lord at MNBAQ
Tools / May 11, 2017
How Art & Culture Position Cities as International Destinations

Gail Lord spoke to a crowd at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. She discussed how artistic excellence, citizen engagement and soft power can re-position cities as international destinations.

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Museums and Galleries

We work with you through visioning, planning, and implementation phases to create new cultural landmarks, weaving presence into the surrounding community.

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Cities and Placemaking

We help cities build cultural spaces that draw on existing strengths and assets, allowing you to develop local geography, architecture, and artistic talent into a cultural tourist destination. 

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Gardens & Parks

Lord Cultural Resources has been a partner in planning and executing many parks and conservancies, botanical gardens, horticultural displays, living collection, and other nature-based cultural initiatives. 

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Heritage and Historic Sites

We approach each heritage and history project with fresh eyes, developing and executing plans that are uniquely tailored to the stories that each site has to tell.

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Science Centres

We help plan and create science museums with unique presence and style. We believe in drawing on local culture and context to provide visitors with meaningful, science-rich experiences that inspire and delight.

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Archives and Libraries

We have extensive experience developing and renewing archives and libraries, transforming them into dynamic, engaging spaces and broadening their potential audiences.

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Expos, Festivals and Events

We help design ground-breaking expositions and festivals that show off a locale’s individual identity and reputation to the world. We can assist with master planning, exhibitions, design, programming, and long-term tourism development.

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Architects, Developers and Designers

When projects involve multiple creative partners, we foster collaboration and synergy to take projects further. One shared success always leads to more.

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Some of our most interesting and exciting jobs don’t fit standard categories. If your vision involves ideas not described on this site, or concepts that nobody has attempted before, we are intrigued! And we want to hear from you. Our experience and discipline, far from limiting a blue-sky project, make it much more likely to succeed.

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The Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Edited by Ali Hossaini and Ngaire Blankenberg with Gail Lord and Barry Lord
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The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
By Gail Dexter Lord and Kate Markert
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Cities, Museums and Soft Power
Cities, Museums and Soft Power
By Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg
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