Today there is great interest in wood conservation in many parts of the world, since wood is another of the principal building materials used in heritage sites. ICCROM began implementing wood conservation courses in 1984 in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Heritage of Norway. Held every two years, this wood conservation course aims to improve practice in the field of wood conservation over the long term. It gives participants sound theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of wood deterioration and for selecting the most appropriate methods of conservation and restoration.
ICCROM has added two other courses to its offering – one in Japan (since 2000) and another in Russia (the first course will be held in 2017). These new courses help expand ICCROM’s offering to look at different types of wood as well as different construction and conservation methodologies and techniques.