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Public lecture: The Stave Church Program (Sjur Mehlum, Riksantikvaren)

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This lecture is open to all members of the public, but an RSVP through Eventbrite is required before 21 February 2017, in order to comply with Historic England's security procedures.

The Stave Church Program – the relationship between theory and practical work

Stave Churches were once common throughout Northern Europe. Today only 28 Stave Churches remain in the whole country. They are Norway’s most important contribution to world architecture and among the oldest preserved wooden buildings in the world. They are unique in a European context and represent our foremost contribution to international construction history. One of the churches, Urnes, is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Due to the poor condition of the Stave Churches the Directorate for Cultural Heritage initiated and ran a repair programme from 2001 to 2015. The aim of the Stave Church Programme was to repair all the churches. In the Program, the Directorate has placed great emphasis on the importance of handicraft and material quality. The approach to the repair-work has been to use the same techniques and the same quality of materials as originally used.

Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for further discussion during a drinks reception.

Invited Speaker: Sjur Mehlum, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren)

Sjur has a MA in ethnology from the University of Oslo. He is a trained carpenter, with a journeyman certificate and has also studied wood conservation in Venice. He now works as a Senior Advisor in the Section for Conservation and has been at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) since 1997. His experience of wood constructions is wide; from small log buildings to complicated manor houses and churches. Since 2007 he has been responsible for the Stave Church Programme which was completed in 2015 and involved restoring all the Stave Churches in Norway. He has been the Director of the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology since 2012. The course is held every other year in cooperation with ICCROM and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Before joining Riksantikvaren he worked for several years as a carpenter, both with restoration and new constructions. He lectures regularly both in Norway, Europe and Asia.


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This lecture is organised under the guise of the SEAHA CDT built heritage initiative, with support from the Building and Conservation Research Team (BCRT) of Historic England.

The SEAHA built heritage initiative is a student-run interest group for members of the EPSRC CDT in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology. It aims to foster communication and collaboration between doctoral and early career researchers whose interests lie in built heritage and building materials.


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