Advancing Science & Technology In Preservation

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) helps preservationists find better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. It conducts research and testing in its own laboratories, provides cutting edge training around the U.S., and supports research and training projects at universities and nonprofits. NCPTT pushes the envelope of current preservation practice by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields and applying them to issues in cultural resources management.

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NCPTT conducts research and collaborates with partners on projects in several overlapping disciplinary areas.

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Preservation Matters

NCPTT publishes its Preservation Matters Series to provide easily accessible guidelines for preserving cultural materials.

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Technical Services

NCPTT offers a range of services to help the National Park Service and other agencies in the cultural heritage sector achieve their mission.

Last updated: June 14, 2021