PROJECTS AND PRIORITIES
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.
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 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 mid-career professionals; architects, engineers, object conservators and craftsmen who have been working for some years within the field of wood conservation.
The course curriculum includes distinct but interconnected units covering aspects the principles of conservation, wood properties, factors affecting the decay of wood, preventive conservation, surface treatment, conservation of wooden objects and furniture as well as wooden buildings and structures. The course includes onsite practical workshops and a study tour to selected heritage sites in Norway.
Lecturers from Norway and other countries contribute to the course. All are recognized experts within the field of conservation, with diverse backgrounds and extensive professional experience. The ICWCT concludes with a practical exam which awards 15 (ECT) university credits from NTNU.
The next course is planned for 2024 and will be advertised on the websites of Riksantikvaren and ICCROM in May 2023.