circumstances of any of the volunteers will permit them to continue. As part of its expansion and in order to meet its needs on a more certain footing, the Trust will need to increase its staff by appointing a full-time Curator/Librarian (in addition to the Assistant Librarian) and to increase to full-time the Administrator’s hours.
Fortunately, the Trust has enough space on site for the proposed extension. It has commissioned architects to design and cost both the resource centre and two new residential flats. The total construction cost for the new wing, including furniture and equipment, is estimated at £1.95 million. A further £1.6 million will be needed to increase the Trust’s endowment so that it can meet its present and future running costs.
The proposed expansion is not only necessary, but timely. The Trust is dedicated to promoting education and research about regions and cultures that have become more prominent both through British multiculturalism and changes on the international scene. By enhancing its facilities and resources as proposed, the Trust will be very well placed to develop its work further and in new directions, and respond to growing interest in the areas of knowledge it represents.
Although the Trust’s available manpower is limited, it will start seeking advice from friends and associates about sources of funding including the Lottery, international agencies and Trusts. In particular, it will appeal for support from private individuals who share interest in the geographical areas and areas of scholarship promoted by the Trust. Parts of the new building might be named after individual donors.
Bridget Allchin phd fsa, Chair
Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Nicholas Sims-Williams phd fba, Treasurer
Research Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS
Almut Hintze phd dr habil, Secretary
Zartoshty Reader in Zoroastrianism, SOAS
Ursula Sims-Williams ma, Librarian
Curator of Iranian Collections, British Library
Raymond Allchin phd fba, Chair Emeritus
Emeritus Reader in Indian Studies, Cambridge
Sir Nicholas Barrington ma, kcmg, cvo
Former British High Commissioner to Pakistan Honorary Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge
T. Richard Blurton, mphil, fsa,
Assistant Keeper, Department of Asia,
Robin A.E. Coningham phd,
Professor of South Asian Archaeology,
University of Durham
Neil Kreitman ba,
Historian of Early Buddhist Art
Michael Petraglia phd,
Lecturer in Human Evolution, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Cambridge
Gregory L. Possehl phd,
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania; Emeritus Curator, South Asian Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Professor Gérard Fussman, Paris
Professor Gherardo Gnoli, Rome
Ralph Pinder-Wilson, London
Professor Prods Oktor Skjærvø, Harvard
Professor Werner Sundermann, Berlin