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Applications open for ICCROM Wood Course 2018

ICCROM is pleased to announce that the 18th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology is currently accepting applications

ICWCT 2018 will be held online from 9 April to 11 May and in Oslo, Norway from 4 to 29 June 2018

They are interested in inviting applications from mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years work experience in wood conservation. The Wood course aims 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. 

Applications should reach ICCROM by the 30 September 2017 to ensure inclusion in the selection process.

A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood

The course is divided in two main parts:

            1. On-line distance learning: 9 April - 11 May 2018

            2. Workshop in Oslo: 4 - 29 June 2018

Workshop location:

Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren - The Directorate for Cultural Heritage)

Background and Content

The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation at UNESCO's General Conference in 1980, and has been organized in Norway every second year since 1984. It 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 relating to both buildings and objects made of wood. Theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration. Interesting cultural heritage sites constructed in wood will be visited during the course.

This course is organized by ICCROM, Riksantikvaren and NTNU.

Aim and objectives

The aim of the course 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 main objectives of the course are:

  • to establish a basic knowledge of wood, and the processing and use of wood, both structurally and decoratively;
  • to give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of deterioration, and for selecting the most appropriate methods of conservation and restoration of wood;
  • to extend the knowledge of participants beyond their own professions for a broader understanding of different aspects and approaches to wood conservation;
  • to bring people with various professions from different countries and cultures together for a mutual learning experience, drawing on different experiences, practices and approaches to wood conservation and use of wooden materials.

The course programme

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

            1. 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. A 4-week full-time workshop in Oslo. The workshop includes lectures, practical conservation exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions.

The curriculum includes distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation, preventive conservation; conservation of objects and painted surfaces, archaeological wood and furniture; conservation of wooden buildings and structures., including wood working tools and machinery. The course will include an onsite practical workshop and a study tour to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway.  As a part of the programme, each participant is expected to give a 20-minute presentation from his or her work experience in their own country.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

Lead Image: Wood; Public Domain


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