New global collaboration to protect historic vehicles and industrial heritage

Two leading global organisations are joining forces to better safeguard and promote the future of the world’s historic vehicles and industrial heritage.

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) and TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will lead to them working closely to promote their shared objectives to a wider audience. They will stage joint and coordinated events, promote training courses and freely share information.

Both groups realised some time ago that there was much common ground between FIVA’s aims to protect and promote the future of historic vehicles and TICCIH’s efforts to better understand and preserve key aspects of the world’s industrial heritage.

Now, after two years of online meetings, they have agreed on a strategy of mutual support. The joint Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Rétromobile classic vehicle show in Paris by the presidents of both organisations, Tiddo Bresters of FIVA and Dr Miles Oglethorpe of TICCIH.

FIVA’s Chairwoman of Culture and Youth, Nataša G. Jerina, played a key role in bringing the two organisations together and formulating the new agreement. After two years chairing those online meetings she says: “This collaboration will now make it easier to exchange information and research. It will also enhance our efforts to raise wider international awareness of the importance and value to society of the living preservation of the world’s industrial and transport heritage.”

A key objective is to encourage more young people to take an active interest in with the work of both organisations. A renewed effort will now be made to find effective ways to make this happen.

The next step for this collaboration is to raise wider awareness of the aims of both organisations as drawn up in FIVA’s Charter of Turin and TICCIH’s Nizhny Tagil Charter for The Industrial Heritage. FIVA’s Culture and Youth Commission will now prepare a working plan for the coming year that will begin once it’s approved by TICCIH.

Both heritage organisations say they are looking forward to working hand in hand to protect what they see as important elements of global technical, economic and social history.

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