The Smithsonian founded the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection 40 years ago. What started as a uniquely Smithsonian event now annually unites participants from museums and cultural properties around the nation and the world. Heritage preservation is our core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, risk assessment, and collections stewardship.
In 2016, approximately 150 guests represented all regions of the U.S., plus Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Qatar. In 2015, a similar number of U.S.-based participants connected with participants from South Korea, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Viewers also tuned in online from as far as Belgium and Egypt.
The Conference began as an idea of Robert B. Burke, founder and first director of the Office of Protection Services at the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1977, just 20 people from the Smithsonian gathered for the inaugural Conference. Now, three decades later, the Conference unites participants from large and small cultural organizations across the United States and abroad.
Our roots are in security. The National Conference on Cultural Property Protection offers insight and proven solutions for new and seasoned professionals in the field of cultural property protection.
Our programming has evolved as the industry has expanded, embracing collaboration and an interdisciplinary focus on cultural heritage protection and preservation. We are always looking for new ways to meet your educational needs.
The Smithsonian is the founder and driver of the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection. Heritage preservation is our core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, and collections stewardship.
A volunteer board of directors provides oversight and ideas for the Conference. The director of the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Protection Services serves as chair.
Review the daily agenda for the 2017 conference
Learn about the experts who are speaking at the conference
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Are you an expert in your field? Share your expertise by leading an hour-long workshop. Proposals (required, up to 500 words) will be board-reviewed.
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