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William Brown

William Brown

National Security Adviser, Arts Council England

William took his current office in 2006. He works and advises at all levels in the U.K. and around the world for Government bodies, being responsible for assessing the security risks of buildings and sites which hold national collections and their transportation to venues in the U.K. and worldwide.  He has presented to audiences around the world and in the last year has worked on projects in Malta, Italy, Portugal, and Corsica. His role is to enable displays of priceless works and of internationally prestigious material to be exhibited under the grant of the U.K. Government Indemnity.  He is a member of the International Committee on Museum Security, the London Metropolitan Police Arts and Antiques Security Group, the National Museums Security Group and the International Police Association. He is also a lead member of the U.K. National Police Chiefs Council Heritage Crime Working Group.

He investigates losses from national collections and crimes of heritage objects working with loss adjusters and insurance brokers to ensure risks are mitigated and procedures to limit losses are present. He also works with Architects and Planners on new build and refurbishment projects. He lectures on Security and Risks of Collections at universities and manages a team of security consultants who support his work. 


Time Talk
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Protecting a Nations Collections: Sensitivity to Cultures in Museum Security

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