Fire safety in cultural heritage

This project aims to compile available knowledge about fire safety in our cultural heritage so that it will be used, and to identify which areas that lack the necessary knowledge. The goal is an overview intended for professionals with knowledge in either fire safety or cultural heritage, and to map which areas need more development of knowledge. The work fits well into Agenda 2030, Milestone 11.4 Strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Recording from the result webinar the 15th of December 2021


The work is carried out in cooperation between

  • University of Gothenburg
  • Lund University, Department of Fire Technology
  • Luleå University of Technology, Division of Structural and Fire Engineering
  • RISE Research Institut of Sweden
  • Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, Departement of Art History

Steering group

The project has a steering group with representatives from

  • Akademiska hus
  • Brandforsk, the Swedish Fire Research Foundation
  • Swedish Fortifications Agency
  • Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency
  • Kyrkans försäkring
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • National Property Board of Sweden

Participate in the reference group

In the mapping of what knowledge is used today and where it is located, and what is missing today, a broad reference group will be used. If you want to participate, you are very welcome to register your interest below. We are looking for people who work with these issues in different ways that can help us find knowledge and describe the needs.

Year: 2021

In Sweden we have many buildings that are valuable from a cultural-historical perspective and in many of them there are also culturally valuable objects. These buildings are often built at a time when there was less knowledge and technical solutions to create fire safety through technical measures that reduces the risk of injury to people and property in the event of a fire. Experience from fires has shown that the damage to property has become serious. Personal safety issues often face challenges, although fortunately the injury history is not as serious. Not infrequently, these questions are pitted against each other in the absence of working collaborative solutions. For the future proofing of these buildings, including a person-safe use of them, the subject needs attention and development.

Since the constructions and buildings themselves are valuable to preserve it is usually not possible to implement regular fire safety measures, so there is often a need for customized solutions to improve the existing fire safety. Over the years, knowledge has accumulated about this, but there is a lack of an updated compilation of the existing knowledge. Such an overview is important for the ongoing work with fire safety in buildings with cultural values, as well as for the mapping of areas where knowledge is lacking so that research and development can focus on that.