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Cultural News

Cultural News is a monthly global round-up of what's happening in culture to help you be up to date with current topics and trends. Excerpts are directly quoted from the articles – here you can browse through the featured stories and access the full issues.


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2017 Issues

Opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Cultural News / November 30, 2017

The much-anticipated opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi took place on November 11. Coverage of this exciting milestone event includes:

Lord Cultural Resources was first commisioned for the project by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company in 2006. Watch Gail Lord's interview from Abu Dhabi to learn more about our role in the project, or read about the project on our website.

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Bihar Museum 2017
Cultural News / October 31, 2017

We celebrate the opening of all galleries of the Bihar Museum on October 2, 2017 by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar. Read more about the Museum's opening and exciting state-of-the-art galleries.The Telegraph India reports on the Minister's happiness with the Museum's capacity to showcase the state's invaluable exhibits, as well as the challenges faced in doing so. Read the full story.

First Post has praised the galleries' showcase of Bihar’s history, calling the Museum "world class", "a 'feel-good' destination," and "an oasis of calm". View pictures and read more about the collections and architecture here

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Inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument
Cultural News / September 30, 2017
Inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument

On September 2017, 2017, Canada inaugurated its first national Holocaust Monument, in Ottawa, an endeavour ten years in the making. A grassroots campaign to build the monument was launched in 2007 by a student at the University of Ottawa, Laura Grossman, and construction on the project began last year. It was supported by the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, with matching funds from the Canadian Government. The concept of monument, landscape of loss, memory and survival, came from Toronto-based Lord Cultural Resources, and was chosen in 2014 from a shortlist that included proposals from the architects David Adjaye and Ron Arad.

Read the Art Newspaper's article about the Monument

Read more news about our journey to Canada's Holocaust Monument

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Gail Lord Invested as Member of the Order of Canada
Cultural News / August 31, 2017
Gail Lord Invested as Member of the Order of Canada

It is with extraordinary pride, and great pleasure that Lord Cultural Resources announces that Gail Dexter Lord was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada today. The induction ceremony was held today at Rideau Hall, and was conducted by Governor General His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Gail was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to museum planning and management and for her work in supporting the cultural sector in Canada and abroad.

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Canadian Museum of History
Cultural News / 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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Toronto Botanical Garden
Cultural News / June 30, 2017
New Plan to Turn Toronto Botanical Garden Into International Destination

TORONTO, CANADA — The city is hoping its reputation for publicly accessible nature spaces will blossom with an ambitious plan to transform the Toronto Botanical Garden and adjacent Edwards Gardens.

Working with Garry Smith, Scott Torrance Landscape Architects, and Moryiama and Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources contributed to the development of a Masterplan and Management Plan. We provided recommendations on facility, program and operations improvements that build on existing strengths, help to improve ecological resilience, accessibility, and functionality, and reimagine the existing gardens as a major cultural attraction offering an unparalleled visitor experience.


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Longwood Gardens
Cultural News / May 31, 2017
This is What a $90 Million Water Fountain Looks Like

KENNETT SQUARE, USA — An hour or so after sunset on Saturday evening, visitors to Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia are due to see the debut of a fountain garden rivaling any in history.

Our work with the Gardens started in 2010 and has continued. Most recently, we were commissioned by Longwood to facilitate the development of its strategic plan for 2015-2020.

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Museum of the American Revolution
Cultural News / April 30, 2017
A New Museum of the American Revolution, Warts and All

PHILADELPHIA, USA — The new Museum of the American Revolution, which opens here on Wednesday, stands on the site of a defunct welcome center built for the Bicentennial.

This project was one which Barry Lord had a great amount of enthusiasm for. Barry read voraciously on the subject of the American Revolution, and brought his expertise to bear on several projects of this kind.

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Barry-Lord
Cultural News / March 31, 2017
Remembering Pioneer Barry Lord, Who Invented the Museum Planning Profession

TORONTO, CANADA — Barry Lord, who died on March 9 at the age of 77, was a true pioneer of Canada’s cultural scene – and one of its most colourful rebels. Early on in life, Lord perceived the need for a systematic approach to this country’s arts world. As explained in the announcement of his death from Lord Cultural Resources, the company he co-founded: “Museum planning as a profession didn’t exist, so he invented it.”

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Chimczuk-Museum
Cultural News / February 28, 2017
Chimczuk Museum Celebrates Successful First Year

WINDSOR, CANADA — Windsor’s historical museum — housed on the riverfront jointly with the city’s art gallery — opened its doors Saturday with free admission to celebrate the first year with hundreds of visitors taking advantage.

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Centre-Pompidou-Graphic
Cultural News / January 31, 2017
Centre Pompidou Will Get a $108 Million Revamp for its 40th Anniversary

PARIS, FRANCE — To mark 40 years since its inception, the Centre Pompidou, at the heart of Paris’s Le Marais, is celebrating with a year-long program of special exhibitions taking place all across France, before entering a two-year renovation phase slated for 2018-20, and estimated to cost about $108 million.

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