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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 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).

'Hands on' at the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology. Photo: Directorate for Cultural Heritage

The aim of the course

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

The ICWCT covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics and theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration. The course concludes with a written exam, which awards 15 (ECT) university credits.

Both national and international experts in the field of wood conservation will give lectures on different topics such as wood anatomy, biodegregation, preventative conservation, structural repairs and the impact of climate change on wooden cultural heritage. The course will also include practical exercises, workshops, field studies and museum visits.

The main part of the course in Oslo will take place at the premises of Riksantikvaren (the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage) in Oslo.

The next course

For the first time, the ICWCT 2018 course programme will be divided into two main components:

  1. 9 April – 11 May 2018: A 5-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. 4 – 29 June 2018: A 4-week full-time workshop in Oslo. The workshop includes lectures, practical conservation exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions.

Application form

The application form is available on ICCROM’s website.

Application deadline: 30 September 2017.


If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Anne Nyhamar, E-mail: any@ra.no

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