Wood Committee

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



ICOMOS International Wood Committee Symposium: “A Focus on Africa"

23 – 28 January 2019 

The ICOMOS international Wood Committee and the Promoting heritage for Ethiopia’s Development (PROHEDEV) Programme of the European Union are collaborating in organizing an International Symposium and Conference in Ethiopia from 23- 26 January 2019. The Symposium will not only enable participants to experience a unique and ancient culture, dating from c. 1000 BC onwards, but will provide an opportunity to see the oldest timber structures in Sub-Saharan Africa and to promote the preservation of wooden structures in Africa.
Please find more info in the following documents: 
Get involved on social media!
On Instagram you can use the #icomoswood tag for the possibility to have your photographs featured on the ICOMOS International Wood Committee Instagram page (@ICOMOSWOOD). All information thus collected will also be included in the ICOMOS International Wood Committee archive.
In the session of the of the 19th General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held in Delhi on 15th December 2017 the new ICOMOS International Wood Committee “Principles for the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage” were adopted as an ICOMOS doctrinal text. These new Principles replace those adopted previously in 1999.
Please find attached a Press Release and a copy of the new 2017 IIWC Principles.