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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.

'Hands on' 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 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 practical exam which awards 15 (ECT) university credits.

ICWCT 2018

20 participants from all over the world were chosen to participate in the 2018 course. For the first time, the ICWCT 2018 course programme was divided into two main components: A 5-week on-line introductory section, and a 4-week full-time workshop in Oslo. Both national and international experts in the field of wood conservation gave lectures on different topics such as wood anatomy, biodegradation, preventative conservation, structural repairs and the impact of climate change on wooden cultural heritage. The course also included practical exercises, workshops, field studies and museum visits.

The next course in 2020

The next ICWCT will be held in 2020. The course will be announced on this website as well as ICCROM’s website in May 2019. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Anne Nyhamar, E-mail: any@ra.no

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