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Wood Conservation Course

Every other year since 1984 the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT) has been organised by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage.

From the forest to buildings and objects at The International Course on Wood Conservation Technology. Photo: Directorate for Cultural Heritage

The course is held in cooperation with ICCROM (The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

The course curriculum includes distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation, preventive conservation; paint and surface treatment, conservation of wooden objects and furniture as well as the conservation of wooden buildings and structures. The course includes an onsite practical workshop with an introduction to the use of traditional tools and a 4-day study tour to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway.

The aim of ICWCT is to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conservation, and to be a resource for the work of the individual participants. The course is directed towards professionals who have been working for some years within the field of wood conservation.

The course is organised in cooperation with ICCROM (The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and concludes with a practical exam which awards 15 (ECT) university credits.

The ICWCT 2020 will be held in 2020 and is divided in two main components:

  1. On-line distance learning:  14 April – 26 May 2019: A 6-week compulsory on-line introductory section where participants will have access to a digital platform from their respective home countries. Allow for at least 5 hours per week of interactive preparatory study with various exercises and papers to be submitted.
  2. Workshop in Oslo: 2 – 26 June 2020: A 4-week full-time course in Oslo. The course includes lectures, practical conservation exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions.

Lecturers from Norway and other countries will be contributing to the course. All are recognized experts within the field of conservation and with various backgrounds and professional experience.

Application: Please see ICCROMs website for more information regarding the course and to access the application form. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact:
Anne Nyhamar: anne.nyhamar@ra.no

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