Topical Collection "Heritage and Fire"

A topical collection in Fire (ISSN 2571-6255).


Prof. Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira
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Collection Editor
Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England-UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: multi-hazard risk analysis; risk and vulnerability reduction; seismic vulnerability; seismic rehabilitation and retrofit; urban resilience; disaster response and reconstruction; geographic information systems
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

The open access-journal Fire welcomes submissions for a Topical Collection on the topic of fire risk management for cultural heritage and their investigation in the areas of conservation and restoration, conservation science, risk management and mitigation, and other related disciplines.

The focus of this Topical Collection is on the multiple dimensions involving the issue of fire risk in both architectural and movable heritage assets, namely, regarding innovative solutions for fire protection, repair and restoration principles, risk perception, and emergency planning. Outcomes of this collection are expected to contribute to strengthen the development of prevention, preparedness, and response actions to reduce the impact of fire events on cultural heritage.

Hence, the topics of potential manuscripts may include (but are not limited to):

  • Optimized solutions for the fire protection of architectural or movable heritage assets;
  • Fire risk from the user’s perspective (human behavior) and related systems;
  • Risk reduction policies and strategies, including education and training programs;
  • Disaster recovery: learning from the past and multi-disciplinary challenges;
  • Case studies: examples, challenges, and good practices.

Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fire is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers (1 paper)


Qualitative Fire Vulnerability Assessments for Museums and Their Collections: A Case Study from Kosovo
Fire 2021, 4(1), 11; - 10 Mar 2021
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Fires are among the most frequently recurring hazards affecting museums and cultural heritage sites. The fires of the National Museum of Brazil in 2018 and of Notre Dame de Paris in 2019 showed that the consequences of such events can be heavy and [...] Read more.
Fires are among the most frequently recurring hazards affecting museums and cultural heritage sites. The fires of the National Museum of Brazil in 2018 and of Notre Dame de Paris in 2019 showed that the consequences of such events can be heavy and lead to irreversible heritage losses. In Kosovo, few studies were made about the risks that can affect cultural heritage sites. A project led by the NGO Kosovo Foundation for Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB Kosova) in 2018 explored the most prevalent risks for the cultural heritage sites of the country and highlighted fire as a predominant risk in Kosovo. In order to better understand it, vulnerability assessments were conducted in several museums in Kosovo. Data were collected through field visits in the different museums, in which interviews with staff members as well as observations were conducted. The aim of this paper is to present the main results of the fire vulnerability assessments conducted in Kosovo’s museums in 2018. An important aspect of this project is the approach to collect information in data-scarce environments. It is believed that the questionnaires used to lead interviews with museums’ staff members could help other practitioners to collect data in such contexts and evaluate more easily the risk of fire for the museums and their collections. In the context of Kosovo, one of the main findings is the identification and prioritisation of measures to ensure better protection of Kosovar museums. Structural mitigation measures such as alarm and fire suppression systems are not the only elements necessary to improve the resilience of Kosovar museums to fire. Indeed, the promotion of risk awareness, the training of staff members and the realisation of crisis simulation exercises are just as important in order to prevent and detect a fire, and above all, to respond quickly and accurately if a fire occurs. Full article
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