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Cultural Heritage: Modelling the challenge to visitor flow in specific historic buildings

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Doctor John Isaacs j.p.isaacs@rgu.ac.uk
Head of School

Project Description

In Scotland and Italy, tourism represents 5% / 13% of GDP, and national tourism strategies have prioritised the visitor experience. Visits to sites of “cultural heritage” have increased by 12.5% in Italy, reaching 20% in some Scottish locations - 4.2m in the Colosseum, 2m in Edinburgh Castle. Such pressures diminishes the visitor experience, increases safety risk, and is ultimately unsustainable. Archaic configurations, narrow passageways and steep staircases compound the safety risk of greater visitor numbers and density. Body size and impaired mobility profoundly influence movement speed, and in restricted/ challenging spaces become critical to individual and group movement, directly affecting evacuation time. This project assesses public safety in historic buildings by combining visitor-flow research and gaming techniques.

This project was jointly funded by the National Research Council of Italy

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Royal Society of Edinburgh
Value £4,732.00
Project Dates Mar 1, 2019 - Feb 28, 2021

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