ICOMOS-UK has a new Wood Committee. It met for the first time in May and we are pleased to say the new committee is proving to be a great success.
 
The objectives of the wood committee are to promote understanding and cooperation in the field of conservation of wooden built heritage and to advise on and develop ICOMOS-UK programmes in this field. The committee will have a broad outlook and hopes to achieve its objectives with a wide range of activities including: organising regular talks in the Cowcross Street gallery; holding scientific conferences, workshops and study visits (hopefully at least one per year); organising a major international conference in three years time; raising awareness of the activities of the Committee by increasing it’s visibility on the web; maintaining links with other organisations to promote and coordinate themed studies and research projects; establishing and maintaining links with educational institutions and training organisations to advance understanding and cooperation in the field of conservation of wooden built heritage; participating in the preparation of publications (printed or on the ICOMOS-UK website), and the gathering and dissemination of information; and establishing and maintaining active links with the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.
  
For too many years there was no UK wood committee and today we have sixteen new members including: a waterlogged wood archaeologist, a standing structures archaeologist, three structural engineers, an education liaison officer, two conservation carpenters, a conservation joiner, two wood scientists, an inspector and a senior conservator from Historic England, two conservation architects and an archaeobotanist. As you can imagine with such a diverse group some exciting ideas are being generated in our meetings: organising an open lecture on dendrochronology and carbon dating; the need for a conference to update developments in the use of resins in timber conservation; and linking up with the ICOMOS-UK cultural landscapes committee and organisations like the Silva Foundation to promote research on historic forestry resources and woodland ecologies.
 
The Committee hopes to bring together individuals from a broad range of backgrounds in the UK who have experience, knowledge, or particular interests in the conservation of wooden built heritage. Membership is open to all members of ICOMOS-UK. New membership and participation is especially encouraged from students and young professionals.
 
For further information please contact admin@icomos-uk.org 
Find our Terms of Reference in PDF format here. 
 
Doug Evans
Chair – ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee