Our chairman opened a debate on the name of the Association in Journal 73. There was discussion in the September committee meeting, summarised here by Robert McCloy. Gordon Knowles responded, below. Please join in the debate via the comments box at the bottom of the page, or send your arguments for publication to the webmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee gave preliminary consideration to the possibility of revising the Association’s name. In addition to the suggestion made in The Journal, the ‘Highway Historian’, and one submitted by a member in response, Ken Swallow suggested the possibility of simply shortening the title to ‘The Road Transport History Association’. It was agreed to give the matter further consideration notwithstanding general agreement to retain the existing title for official and legal purposes.
Robert McCloy, Chairman
I was intrigued by the comments of our Chairman in issue No 73 of the Journal with thoughts on a possible change of name for the association. Founder members, such as I, always feel disappointed when their original deliberations are changed, but in this case I agree our title is a little unwieldy and I have always suspected might put off ‘ordinary’ potential members who feel that we are purely an ‘academic’ body.
So I support the idea of change, I suggest that the organisation could be retitled ‘The Highway History Association’ and the Journal as ‘The Highway Historian’. I think the latter is not quite right for the association but would suit our publication. If we fully change our ‘official ’name then there would be legal consequences I suggest as we are a company limited by guarantee. If we keep the old name as well as using a new alternative it could be confusing especially to outsiders. I think that for a year or so we would need to indicate that we were formerly the R&RTHA in any correspondence etc. until members and others are familiar with the new title. Will be pleased to learn of any outcome.