The Scots Cemetery, Kolkata, opened in 1820, contains around 1,600 headstones and over 4,000 burials. Scots can be found from Sutherland, Paisley, Dundee, Campbeltown as well as some Bengali graves. The 4-acre site closed in the 1970s and was abandoned, overgrown and used as a rubbish dump. In 2008, the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, chaired by Lord Bruce, launched a major restoration project to rescue the site and its Scottish links. Dr Neeta Das, the current Conservation Architect and Project Director, will introduce the project and show how it has begun to change lives and opportunities among the local communities. Furthermore, as a result of this project and Dr Das’s conservation studies in Scotland, the practices being applied have had a far reaching impact on other conservation work across India.
The Scots Cemetery, Kolkata
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