This six-week course is a partnership among ICCROM, the Directorate of Cultural Heritage of Norway and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Its aim is to give participants a sound theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of wood deterioration and for selecting the most appropriate methods of conservation and restoration. The course also helps participants to extend their knowledge beyond their own professions for a broader understanding of different aspects and approaches to wood conservation.
The course is organized around six interconnected units covering the following subjects: 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; and the conservation of wooden buildings and structures, including wood working tools and machinery. The course includes a one-week, on-site workshop outside Oslo, and a study tour of four days to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway.