The V.I.D.A. team consists of people with different scientific backgrounds but with common research objects and interests, i.e. industrial archaeology and industrial heritage of Greece.
The members of the team first met in the group "Industrial Archaeology" on Facebook and -beyond our common love- we were further connected by the realisation that there is an accelerating loss of significant remnants of industrial activity in Greece. At the same time, there is no official or central and freely accessible archive for Greek industrial heritage, that would allow, on the one hand, its study and, on the other hand, its evaluation and protection. These common findings have made us want to act and take initiatives to improve, or even reverse, this situation. And above all, we want to work collectively to preserve our common industrial past as an integral part of our history that must be passed on to future generations as knowledge and legacy.
The culmination of these reflections was the formation of V.I.D.A. team as a collective interdisciplinary effort that attempts to record, survey, document, rescue (in physical or digital form), disseminate and promote, raise public and state awareness, and eventually contribute to the preservation of the Greek industrial heritage.
We recognize that, in addition to the material remnants of industrial activity and the daily work of men and women -or even children- (like facilities, buildings, machinery, tools, archives), the intangible traces contained in know-how, human memories and morals are an integral - but also extremely sensitive - part of this culture and they must also be preserved, which is why we are approaching our industrial heritage with respect in all its diversity and complexity.
The evolution of our non-formal team of like-minded volunteers to a formal non-profit organisation was deemed necessary by its members in order to promote its goals more effectively, through a variety of actions. To achieve our goals, ΒΙ.Δ.Α. intends to use the available know-how, experience, resources and knowledge of its members, and of any other people who are willing to contribute to our efforts.