The project was financed by the program of European Economic Area Finacial Mechanism and Lithuanian government. Five Museum employees attended this training: Ruslanas Aranauskas – head of architectural division, Monika Kairytė – restaurateur, Gita Šapranauskaitė – senior museum curator, and two employees of a to be established Centre for Heritage Conservation, Research, and Training of Wooden Architecture: Dr. Rasa Bertašiūtė – research specialist of history and architecture, and Romualdas Valantis – specialist of technology and construction of wooden housing. As part of the course, Lithuanian students visited Norwegian Research Institute of Cultural Heritage in Oslo, (NIKU, and project partners Buskerud Centre for Construction and Restauration ( in Kongsberg and Drammen.

Below are the topics that were discussed during the lectures and field work of the training course:

  • Documentation and restauration
  • Work methodology as it relates to heritage object assessment, building evaluation, specifics of wooden architecture and restauration.
  • Training for wood workers, owners and specialists
  • Consulting owners of heritage and best practices.
  • Both visited institutions closely collaborate with museums under the open sky.  NIKU with Norwegian Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) in Oslo; Buskerud Centre for Construction and Restauration is established in the Museum of Cultural Heritage of Eiker and Lagendalen (Eiker og Lagendalen Museum).

These institutions consolidate their resources and utilize their expositions as a platform to teach and train. Lithuanian students had an opportunity to observe the efficiency of such collaboration. You may click Niku and Buskerud for a training course syllabus.

The knowledge gained in this course will be beneficial implementing other parts of the project: international practice conference (activity 1.3.2) and Wooden Heritage Festival (activity 2.1.1) which will take place in the Open Air Museum of Lithuania.