Perspectives of Fire Protection of Museums and Libraries in India

In India there are 38 UNESCO listed sited, which include 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites and 1 mixed-criteria site. Moreover, there many others places and buildings of relevance. Therefore, the report published by Kancherla Sri Devi and Toshi Dube Sharma on fire protection of museums, libraries and historical buildings in India is of interest for the approach followed in the conservation and restoration works of Indian cultural heritage buildings.

In the paper the Authors highlight that “Uttar Pradesh (745 monuments/sites), Karnataka (506) and Tamil Nadu (413) have the highest number of ASI- maintained sites. Unfortunately, the 3,693 monuments/ sites listed as protected under the ASI (2018) and hundreds of more, which are not, are constantly under multiple threats, both natural and man-made“.

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Safety of historical wood structures. A Workshop in Rome

The Church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami (Rome). The wooden roof collapsed roof on August 30th, 2018. Causes are still under investigation. Credits: www.vigilfuoco.it

On August 30th, 2019, a large portion of the wooden roof Church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami suddenly collapsed, damaging the interior and some of the paintings and artefacts preserved inside. The event, happened in the most historical part of Rome, has interested a sixteenth century building, whose construction had been funded by the Corporation of the Carpenters.

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