The Culture Commission
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The motor vehicle perhaps epitomizes what may be the largest amount of historical, technological, socialistic, stylistic, iconographic and aesthetic information and messages, all of which are fundamental to the understanding of the state and evolution of engineering and technology at a given moment, in time and space.
The Culture Commission’s aims are to retain the messages encapsulated in the statement above, as the key to assessing the importance of preserving a vehicle and that of establishing its heritage status.
The Culture Commission is constantly looking at ways of protecting mobile cultural heritage as well as ways of spreading the importance of keeping these vehicles in our everyday lives and on the roads. Which is why the CC is focused on enhancing the dialogue with other institutions, non-governmental organisations (such as the UNESCO, TICCIH, ICOM, ICOMOS, and others), as well as governmental organisations on an international and national level (through FIVA members), automobile manufacturers, designers, engineers, collectors, museums, et al.
Through articles, seminars, forums, symposiums and publications, and the popularisation of the FIVA Turin Charter, the CC is focused on the education of the general public, specifically the younger generations, giving them the possibility to understand the necessity of protecting historic vehicles, for the future. Moreover, the CC deals with in-depth studies about the history and the technology of the vehicles, as well as about those who designed and built them and the background in which they were conceived.
The Culture Commission meets at least four times a year and its members are in constant contact through emails. Open discussion and debate among its members make the work of the commission constructive and effective, with immediate results.