In November 2002 the Vice-Chairman of the Alvis Owner Club, Nick Walker, announced that the Board has decided to set up a legal trust, named the Alvis Archive Trust, to take possession of the many items of an archival nature which it owns – photographs, catalogues, drawings, correspondence and so on. The thinking behind this is that, no matter what unspeakable things may happen to the Club itself, the archives will be protected. For example, should the Club be wound up, they would no longer form part of the assets and therefore could not be sold off.
The objects of the Trust as stated in the trust deed are “to preserve the archives which prior to this deed have belonged to the Company” [ie to AOC Ltd] “and to obtain and preserve such further archives as the trustees think suitable and desirable and to allow access to the archives by the beneficiaries at such times and upon such terms as the trustees shall reasonably decide”. These “beneficiaries”, incidentally, are “the members of the Company and anyone with an interest in Alvis vehicles”.
Thus it can be seen that the Trust will actively seek to acquire additional items which it feels should be preserved. Naturally, since the Trust has no income of its own, the trustees hope that this will come about in many cases through donations from Club members and others. They hope that there are people who will feel that they can now do this and ensure that their precious collections remain in safe hands.
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