Benefits of Membership

The principal benefit of joining BACSA is the knowledge that your subscription will contribute to its work of recording and conserving cemeteries and burial records in pre-1947 India and elsewhere in South Asia.

Twice a year you will receive mailings containing news of meetings, events and other membership matters, plus the latest issue of our house journal Chowkidar (‘Watchman’), and our second-hand book list. Chowkidar contains a wide and lively range of news about cemeteries and reports of visits, queries and replies about members’ forebears, other topics of interest and reviews of books about South Asia.

In addition you will be able to:

  • Attend twice yearly meetings in London where you can meet like-minded members, hear reports on cemeteries and progress with their restoration, and enjoy talks by invited speakers, not only on cemeteries but on a variety of topics relating to South Asia prior to 1947.
  • Attend BACSA lectures in London at discount prices.
  • Join our programme of events, including visits to exhibitions and places in Britain with pre-1947 South Asian connections.
  • Buy second-hand books relating to South Asia, notably the Indian subcontinent, from lists circulated to members twice a year. The lists include books on many aspects of history, geography, biography, art & architecture, archaeology, flora & fauna, and travel.
  • Ask our archivists to consult the BACSA Archive at the British Library to help locate the graves of family members in South Asia.