The National Conference on Cultural Property Protection 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. What started as a uniquely Smithsonian event now annually unites participants from museums and cultural properties around the nation and the world.
The Smithsonian’s heritage preservation is a core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, risk assessment, and collections stewardship.
Through easily accessible presentations, group panels, interviews, and Q&A’s, NCCPP will teach the strategies you need to turn challenges into opportunities during a time of crisis.
The 2021 NCCPP will be a virtual event due to COVID-19. This site will be updated with more information or you can join our mailing list to receive updates in your inbox.
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.
Director of Security for the Royal College of Art (RCA)Royal College of Art
Director of Security and Visitor ServicesThe J. Paul Getty Trust
Senior Security DirectorAmerican Museum of Natural History
Chief, Office of Protection ServicesThe National Gallery of Art
Director of SecurityNational Museum of Women in the Arts