Historic athletics artifacts ranging from the Ancient Olympic Games to the modern era will be donated on the last day of this week's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, to help establish the new IAAF Heritage collection.
The IAAF Heritage Memorabilia Donation Ceremony, which will take place at midday on March 4 in Birmingham's Council House, will be attended by IAAF President Sebastian Coe and the leader of Birmingham Council, Ian Ward.
Central to the ceremony will be Roberto Gesta de Melo, the President of the South American Athletics Association (CONSUDATLE) who, on behalf of the association, will donate a part of their collection to IAAF Heritage which will be officially accepted by Coe.
CONSUDATLE, which is the IAAF's oldest area association, is celebrating the centenary of its foundation this year and is giving 100 items to mark 100 years.
These artifacts, which include coins, medals, programmes, books and periodicals, are cataloged under the title "Athletics from Ancient Times to the end of the 19th Century".
There will also be a number of other donations of historic memorabilia associated with international indoor athletics made at the ceremony.
Marking the IAAF World Indoor Championships, competition artifacts from some of the most celebrated victories of legends Maria Mutola and Haile Gebrselassie will be given on loan to IAAF Heritage from a private collection.
Directly connecting the ceremony to the city of Birmingham, Ward, on behalf of another private donation, will present the competition bib numbers from two world indoor records/bests set by Gabriela Szabo and Haylu Mekkonen in the Arena Birmingham at the beginning of the century.
Also attending the ceremony will be UK Athletics President Jason Gardener and American IAAF athlete ambassador Stacy Dragila, who will be making loans of items from their World Indoor Championships victories, respectively in the 60 metres in 2004 and the pole vault in 1997.
The new IAAF department began work in January 2018.
It builds on the work done for the IAAF centenary celebrations in Barcelona in 2012, when many significant items from the sport's history were brought together on display.
"IAAF Heritage sets out to preserve the legacy of athletics, its heroes and heroines, their artifacts, and the documents, video and photographs that portray them and in turn engage with and inspire the stars and fans of the present and future," an IAAF statement read.
The ceremony, and a media reception to follow, will mark the official launch of the IAAF Heritage collection entitled "Athletics - 3000 years and counting".
As this develops, it will travel around the world to IAAF competitions to promote the sport.