Examples of conservation projects

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Cleaning a tomb at Hazaribagh

A crucial first task in cemetery restoration is to secure the boundary walls of the site, and Bacsa has made a number of grants for work of this kind.  At the Agra Cantonment Cemetery, for example, where every existing grave was recorded,  money was allocated in a phased programme to restore and heighten the cemetery walls.

In Bihar and Jharkhand Bacsa’s main efforts have focused on Hazaribagh, in modern day Jharkhand (previously part of Bihar). Working closely with Bulu Imam, convenor of the local INTACH Chapter, Bacsa has supported the restoration of the Old BritishCemetery (1790-1835) opposite the Catholic Cathedral, which contains some fine Georgian tombs, and the far larger Hurhuru Cemetery (1835-) which is in the southern suburbs of modern day Hazaribagh.   Our partnership with INTACH in Hazaribagh is a powerful example of what Bacsa can achieve when we establish a long term relationship with a skilled, enthusiastic and motivated partner who is able to enthuse the local community.

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The Gatehouse at Jhansi

 

At Jhansi where the cantonment cemetery was in a desolate condition, a Bacsa grant was put towards restoring the Gothic gatehouse, clearing the undergrowth, delineating paths and cleaning.

 

Rebuilding the wall at the old British Christian Cemetery,  Multan.

Rebuilding the wall at the old British Christian Cemetery, Multan.

Bacsa is of course active in Pakistan as well as India, and in the financial yearending April 2015 grants were made to cemeteries at Mian Mir, Lahore, and Multan, in each case for work on the boundary walls.  At Multan Bacsa was pleased to be able to work with a local body  the Remedy, Welfare and Development Organization (RWDO), which received a substantial grant for the major rebuilding work required.

See also the full Projects Report for 2016

 

 

 

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
email: yasin@indusexperiences.co.uk.

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

For further information on tours the company can offer see its website: https://www.indusexperiences.co.uk