The 16th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology – ICWCT 2014

A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood

Dates: 21 May – 27 June 2014

Place: Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren)


  • ICCROM – International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • Riksantikvaren – The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
  • NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Background and content
The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation from UNESCO’s General Conference in 1980, and it 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. Theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration throughout the course. Some of the most interesting cultural heritage sites constructed in wood in Norway will be visited during the course, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exercises and demonstrations are organized during the excursion.

Aim and objectives
The aim of the course is to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conser¬vation, 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 give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of deterioration and for selecting the most appro¬priate methods of conservation and restoration of wood;
  • to extend the knowledge of participants beyond their own professions for a broader under¬standing 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
The course programme is divided between lectures, laboratory exercises, conservation workshop exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions. The curriculum includes six distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation at a global level; preventive conservation; conservation of objects and painted surfaces including archaeological wood and furniture; conservation of wooden buildings and structures, including wood working tools and machinery. The course will include a one-week onsite 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.

Lecturers from Norway and other countries will be contributing to the course. All are recognized experts within the field of conservation and with various backgrounds and professional experience.

The course concludes with a written exam, giving 18 university credits if passed. A full time presence during the course period is required to be allowed to sit for the exam and to obtain the course certificate.

Participation is free of charge for the selected participants..

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to Oslo, Norway. Accommodation for the period of the course, will be provided free of charge by the course organizers. In order to cover living expenses and transport within Oslo during the course, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of Norwegian Kroner 7000 (about 1200 USD) for the 6 weeks. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted.

Applicants should be mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years work experience in wood conservation. It is of great importance for the success of the course that the participants have relevant experience to contribute to and benefit from the mutual exchange of ideas. The number of participants is limited to 20.

The working language of the course is English. A good know¬ledge of English is essential for the benefit of the individual participant and for the course as a whole, and must therefore be documented in the application. A certificate of language is required.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it to the contact address below. (Email applications are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.) Together with the application you are also required to send:

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English) ;
  • One page report describing a conservation project related to wood for which you are or have been actively involved and can be shared with the other participants.

ICCROM – Sites Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553349
Email: wood2014 (at) iccrom . org
Web Site:

For further information, please contact Anne Nyhamar (Directorate for Cultural Heritage): any (at)

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2013 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.

Please note that the implementation of the course is subject to the approval of the ICCROM Programme and Budget 2014-2015 by the General Assembly of ICCROM to be held in November 2013.