Other archive resources

 United Kingdom Memorial Inscriptions (UKMIs)
There are a great many memorial inscriptions in the United Kingdom of people who lived or served in British India or elsewhere in Asia.  Most of them do indeed come from the UK but there are also some from other countries notably the Republic of Ireland.  The archive currently contains almost fifty UKMI Files arranged by English county with separate files for Scotland Wales, Ireland, and overseas.  A name index to the files can be found on the Burials database.  Bacsa continues to collect ‘UKMIs’ and the database is updated as they are received.  If you spot an India-related memorial in a UK church or cemetery, do make a copy of the inscription and send it in.

Family History Files
Biographical information on people connected with India and South Asia ranging from brief notes to full scale family histories.

Reference Materials
A wide range of books, articles, notes and occasional papers on cemeteries and other topics relating to India and elsewhere in South Asia, subdivided into three series:

1.  Biographical
2.  Geographical
3.  Secretary’s history files

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 richard.bingle@btopenworld.com or dandmblake2@gmail.com 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.