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 ICWCT 2016 at the practical workshop at the Folk Museum in Oslo. Photo: Anne Nyhamar, Riksantikvaren

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.

Participants of the ICWCT at the Furniture Workshop in Oslo, studying structures and joints, and how and why structural failure occurs.
Photo: Anne Nyhamar, Riksantikvaren
ICWCT participants from Georgia, Zimbabwe and the UK trying their hand at window restoration at a practical workshop.
Photo: Anne Nyhamar, Riksantikvaren
Learning about surface treatment of wood and making paint by following traditional recipes.
Photo: Anne Nyhamar, Riksantikvaren

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact:

Anne Nyhamar: anne.nyhamar@ra.no

Published: 1. July 2022