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Museums Canada Summit 2024
Events / April 13, 2024
Museums Canada Summit

We’ll see you at the summit, and join us for A Power Chat – Museum Management in 2024. Sue-Ann Ramsden, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Museums Canada, will be speaking with Gail Dexter Lord, President and Founder, Lord Cultural Resources as she launches the all-new 3rd edition of The Manual of Museum Management for Museums in Dynamic Change. 

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CMA 2024
Events / April 9, 2024
Canadian Museums Association National Conference

We’re looking forward to connecting with you at the upcoming conference, and don't miss “Reconciliation through Partnership and Collaboration” featuring Lisa Wright (Lord Principal Consultant) and Tim Johnson (Lord Indigenous Advisor and Misko-Aki Project Leader) speaking about the exhibition Misko-Aki (Red Earth): A Confluence of Cultures. 

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Black History Month 2024
News / February 8, 2024
Honouring Black History and Futures

At Lord Cultural Resources, we honour Black histories, heritage and futures 365 days a year.  

Our deep experience creating transformative experiences and engaging storytelling allows us to work with communities to bring stories to life. In a world that often marginalizes Black voices and experiences, we are sharing two extraordinary projects that communicate the enduring power of resilience, community and hope.

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Mary Ann Shadd stamp © Canada Post Corporation, 2024
Newsletters / January 31, 2024
Black History Month stamp celebrates the achievements and legacy of Mary Ann Shadd

 “As the founder of The Provincial Freeman newspaper, Mary Ann Shadd (1823-93) was the first Black woman to edit and publish a newspaper in North America. The American-born educator and abolitionist moved to Windsor, Canada West (now Ontario), where she established a racially integrated school in 1851, followed by The Provincial Freeman in 1853. We asked Adrienne Shadd, a historian, and her daughter, Marishana Mabusela, both the great-great-great and great-great-great-great-nieces, respectively, of Mary Ann Shadd, about their connection to their famous ancestor. Their answers emphasized how the growing impetus to tell the stories of Black Canadians, particularly Black women whose lives were doubly concealed, can make a difference in a single generation.

"‘Mary Ann Shadd was one among many accomplished ancestors and family members,’ says Mabusela. ‘Seeing her receive such public recognition given what she went through at a time when women – particularly Black women – were not respected, gives me confidence to accomplish my dreams despite the obstacles.’”

Marishana Mabusela is a Senior Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources.

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Manchester Museum
News / January 23, 2024
University museums are experiencing a renaissance by Brad King

The title of this article is the first line of the introduction to my New Directions for University Museums, an edited volume just published by Rowman and Littlefield. And it’s true. Wherever you look, university museums are pioneering new ways to interpret collections, to use objects as teaching tools or to deliver innovative programs to engage the communities in which they are located.

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Equity Summit 2023
Tools / March 3, 2023
2023 Equity Summit - Joy Bailey-Bryant Keynote

Arts and culture play a tremendous part in Smart Growth America’s mission. Joy’s keynote discusses what practitioners have been taught on the role of arts and culture in cities and explores the following questions: Who is involved? Who is this for? Who gets to decide? How do we as practitioners/how have we democratized these processes in a certain way? 

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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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New Directions for University Museums
New Directions for University Museums
Brad King
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Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Third Edition
Maria Piacente
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Museum Development in China
Museum Development in China
Edited by Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, Javier Jimenez
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