International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT)

Roros World Heritage City, NorwayThis 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.

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