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Start date: 14 April, 2020 End date: 16 June, 2020 Deadline to apply: 30 September, 2019 Location: Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren – The Directorate for Cultural Heritage)
A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood

The course is divided in two main parts:

  1. On-line distance learning:  14 April – 26 May 2020
  2. Workshop in Oslo:  2 – 26 June 2020


Background and Content

The 19th International Course on  Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2020

The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation by UNESCO 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. Relevant 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 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 establish a basic knowledge of wood, and the processing and use of wood, both structurally and decoratively;
  • 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 19th International Course on  Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2020

The ICWCT 2020 course programme will be divided into two main components:

  1.  A 6-week compulsory on-line introductory section where participants will have access to a digital platform from their respective home countries. Allow for at least 5 hours per week of interactive preparatory study with various exercises and papers to be submitted.
  2.  A 4-week full-time course in Oslo. The course includes lectures, practical conservation exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions.

The curriculum includes distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation, preventive conservation; paint and surface treatment, conservation of wooden objects and furniture as well as the conservation of wooden buildings and structures. The course includes an onsite practical workshop with an introduction to the use of traditional tools and a 4-day study tour to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway.  


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 19th International Course on  Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2020

The course concludes with a practical exam, giving 15 (ECT) university credits if passed. A full-time presence and active participation during both the on-line component and the course period in Oslo are required to be allowed to participate in 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 own round-trip travel costs to Oslo, Norway.
  • Student accommodation for the period of the course in Oslo will be provided free of charge by the course organizers.
  • To cover living expenses, food 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 to contribute with, 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 for non-native speakers.


Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it together with the documents listed below to the following e-mail:

  1. A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
  2. 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.

For further information regarding the course, please contact:

Ms. Anne Nyhamar (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage), e-mail:

Application deadline

Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2019 to ensure inclusion in our selection process. All applicants will be notified before 1 December 2019.

Please note that the implementation of the course is subject to the approval of the ICCROM Programme and Budget 2019-2020 by the General Assembly of ICCROM to be held in November 2019.