Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie
Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology
Association Flamande d'Archéologie Industrielle
V.V.I.A., the Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology is the overall platform of volunteers and voluntary associations for industrial archaeology in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The association was established on May 1st 1978, and is thus the oldest nation wide operating NGO for the research, conservation, interpretation and presentation of industrial and technical heritage.
The association is entirely voluntary, not subsidised.
It has a chapter in each of the Flemish provinces, organizes visits and conferences (e.g. on nuclear heritage a couple of years ago), an annual course “introduction to industrial archaeology” for volunteers.
Together with our Dutch colleagues VVIA publishes the leading journal ‘Erfgoed van Industrie en Techniek’ (Heritage of Industry and Technology, only published in Dutch) and organizes an annual Flemish-Dutch meeting on industrial archaeology (alternatively in Flanders and in The netherlands). Since 1989 VVIA is twinned with the Catalan ‘Associació del Museu de la Ciéncia i de la Técnica i d'Arqueologia Industrial de Catalunya' (AMCTAIC).
VVIA is also one of the founding associations of E-FAITH
- lead partner of the steering group 'Dangerous heritage'
scientific committee of the steering group:
- (to be defined)