The South Asia Collection is cared for and managed by the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC). SADACC was founded to record, preserve and promote the arts and crafts of South Asia. Members of the SADACC team regularly travel to South Asia to work with craftspeople and acquire good examples of the arts and crafts, they also collaborate on research projects in South Asia and the UK, curate the museum exhibitions and host talks and events . SADACC manages the on-site research centre, library and archive.

SADACC was founded in 2010 (Charity No. 1137415). In the early noughties Philip and Jeannie Millward decided that they wanted to have their private collection of arts and crafts from South Asia, dating from 1979 through to the present, assessed. Experts from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford concluded that it was an important collection and should remain intact. A further evaluation was carried out by the University of East Anglia (including the ex-Senior Curator for Asian Ethnography at The British Museum). This assessment concluded that it was the pre-eminent collection of its type in the UK, and of international importance. Steps were then taken to preserve and display the collection for the public, including the founding of SADACC.

Today, a major part of SADACC’s work is running a research programme.

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The SADACC Trust aims to become a leading research centre for the study of the arts and crafts of South Asia.

Here are some of our current projects: 

  • Art, Craft, People and Place in Jharkhand - A survey of the vernacular arts and crafts of Jharkhand, with the goal of learning more about links between craft, community and landscape, and how these have changed over time
  • Objects of Creativity - Using objects in The South Asia Collection to learn more about the creative practice of contemporary artists
  • In the Footsteps of James Baillie Fraser - Retracing and finding the route of James Baillie Fraser's 1815 journey into the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, trying to learn more about the artworks he produced