Kacheri Cemetery, Kanpur

Kacheri Cemetery, Kanpur

One of the ways in which Bacsa seeks to further its objectives is to “establish for public benefit and access, cemetery records, whether visual, written, aural or electronic, which shall be stored in perpetuity and made available for public access”.  Our founder Theon Wilkinson set about this task with his customary determination, and over a period of thirty years built up a substantial archive derived both from his own research into cemeteries and all things Indian, and from the many Bacsa members who sent him information of all kinds.

The result is the Cemetery Archive containing:

1. Cemetery Files
2. Other archive resources, comprising United Kingdom Monumental Inscriptions (UKMIs) relating to India, family histories, and reference materials.

Administrative Archive

In the course of administering Bacsa and implementing its objectives the Association’s officers, chiefly Wilkinson as Secretary, accumulated the files contained in the Administrative archive which allows the historian to study how Bacsa was founded and developed, and how it pursues its activities.

Burials database

There is also a Burials database containing the names of about 50,000 people buried in India and others buried in the UK but who lived or served in India or elsewhere in Asia, derived from Bacsa’s Cemetery Record Books and collection of UKMIs.

Where are they?

Both the Cemetery archive and the Administrative archive are open to public access at the British Library in London where they are held as individual collections in the India Office Private Papers (under shelfmarks Mss Eur F370 and F605) and can be consulted in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room.  Persons wishing to do so must have a British Library Reader Pass: click here for details of how to obtain one. On your first visit the staff on the Enquiry Desk will be happy to explain how to order the files. If you have questions regarding the  files which they cannot answer the Bacssa archivists Richard Bingle or David Blake or may be able to help.

The archives contain material dating from Bacsa’s foundation to roughly 2011. Some files have continuation files not yet transferred to the Library: enquiries to Richard or David as above.