Examples of conservation projects
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.
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.
Bacsa is active in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) repairing the graveyards of the churches in the tea country. Currently the graveyards at St Margaret’s Kotagala, also Holy Trinity Pussellawa and Holy Trinity Nuwara Eliya, the main church in the tea district, are finished. Other burial grounds at St Mark’s Badulla and Christ Church Warleigh Dikoya are under repair. Bacsa is sensitive to local requirements and the ministers of the churches are keen to preserve the past found in the tombstones of their churchyards.
See also the full Projects Report for 2015