The South Asia Centre is delighted to host Post-Doctoral Fellowships with The Charles Wallace Trusts, which were established in 1981 from the bequest of the late Charles William Wallace (1855-1916). Wallace was an Anglo-Indian entrepreneur whose businesses flourished in British India and beyond, most famously through Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd (headquartered in Calcutta), which he co-founded with Robert Gordon Shaw in 1886.
When Wallace’s Will was read after his death, it declared that ‘All possessions great and small, being acquired through the people, as mine were, should return to the people.’ It was accordingly decided that a part of his Legacy would be used to provide educational and professional development in the United Kingdom to citizens from the 4 countries in South Asia where he had business interests. Acting on this, four Trusts were established and registered as charitable organisations in the United Kingdom in 1981, each with a separate and independent Board of Trustees.
A substantial remainder of Wallace’s Legacy was used to establish The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), a non-profit organisation headquartered in New Delhi, dedicated to conservation of unprotected architectural heritage sites and monuments across India.