Cemetery conservation is Bacsa’s key aim and its key conservation principle is to work with local people.  Earlier attempts to restore cemeteries had worked from the top down by approaching the Indian authorities and had got almost nowhere.  Bacsa works from the bottom up by seeking local partners to whom it can make grants for cemetery restoration work.  Partners may be the local parish council or cemetery committee, the local minister, committed lay member of the Christian community or a local cemetery enthusiast, or sometimes a heritage body such as The Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)

Read our Projects Report for 2017, or learn about some recent projects in more detail.

Tombs at Agra Cemetery

Tombs at Agra Cemetery

Whoever our local contact may be, the essential point is to engage local interest and commitment from local people to ensure that something gets done.  Bacsa relies on these local partners to send us photographs demonstrating the work required and obtain builders’ estimates, and then if Bacsa approves the proposal and makes a grant, to supervise the work while it is carried out and send us photos to show what has been achieved.  Bacsa is very conscious of the need to see that its money is well spent.  It therefore assesses restoration proposals very carefully, and does its best to ensure that its grants go only to trustworthy partners for practicable cost-effective projects.

Bacsa also has voluntary area representatives to act as its eyes and ears in South Asia.  The majority live in the UK but often have links with their area through family, work, past residence or other connection.  They guide concerned local groups in preparing and carrying out conservation projects.  If you would be interested in undertaking this role for an area of India or another South Asian country you know well, please contact the Honorary Secretary.

Imperial India: Find your Ancestors

This is the title of a 14 day tour, 17th-30th October 2018, led by Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, MBE (editor of our Journal Chowkidar).  It will trace the history of the British Raj from its last capital Delhi to its original captal Calcutta, including visits to Meerut, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Serampore and Chandernagore.

The tour is organised by Indus Experiences a long established tour company based in Harrow, and is limited to 18 people, so an early decision to go may be advisable.

To book or for further information on the tour please contact the company:
tel: 0208 901 7320

The company donates £25 for each person joining the tour.

For further information on tours the company can offer see its website: