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A grave undertaking: Scots experts fly to India to restore famous cemetery

November 7, 2008

HAT, sunscreen, and a stick to fend off snakes – not the usual fieldwork kit for a buildings investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). Clare Sorensen is more accustomed to packing gloves and a woolly hat when she goes off on trips to survey historic buildings, but she is one of a team of Scottish experts that tomorrow flies to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India, to help rescue a decaying graveyard that is the last resting place of hundreds of Scots who lived and died in what was once the capital of British imperial India.

The first incidence of Royal Commission fieldwork overseas, this party – which also includes a leading conservation architect and a cemetery expert from Highland Council – is travelling at the invitation of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, the latter established to develop links between the Indian city and Scotland.

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