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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

The International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT) will be held for the 18th time in 2018. And for the first time, the course programme will be divided into two main parts, including an on-line as well as a practical component. 

20 participants from all over the world have been chosen to participate in the 2018 course. For the first time, the ICWCT 2018 course programme will be 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 will give 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 will also include practical exercises, workshops, field studies and museum visits.


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

Application deadline was 30 September 2017.

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