The course is divided in two main parts:
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.
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:
The course programme
For the first time, the ICWCT 2018 course programme will be divided into two main components:
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.
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 an exam, giving 15 university credits if passed. A full-time presence and active participation during both the on-line component and the course period in Oslo is required to be allowed to submit the exam and to obtain the course certificate.
Course 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 in Oslo will be provided free of charge by the course organizers. To cover living expenses and transport within Oslo during the course, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of approx. NOK5000 (about 600 USD) for the 4 weeks.
Depending on availability of funding, and a stringent application process proving financial need, a limited number of partial scholarships may be available in special circumstances.
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 so as to contribute 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 knowledge 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 for non-native speakers.
For further information regarding the course, please contact:
Ms. Anne Nyhamar (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2017 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 2017-2018 by the General Assembly of ICCROM to be held in November 2017.