Patron, Japan Society of Scotland
Patron, Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University
Chairman, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust
Lord Charles Bruce was educated at Eton College and the University of St Andrews, where he read Economic and Social History. He is widely involved in many aspects of cultural heritage including the retention of indigenous craft skills and the public enjoyment of fine arts. He is chairman of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, a trustee of the Historic Scotland Foundation, and honorary patron of the Japan Society of Scotland. Lord Bruce is particularly active in conserving the historic built environment and helped to found the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, a centre for teaching traditional construction skills which has advised internationally on the conservation of important buildings and sites such as the White House in Washington, and the Great Wall of China. He is also chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, which promotes the conservation of historic sites in West Bengal.
In 2009 Charles Bruce represented the UK at the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce as the guest of the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture. The treaty was negotiated and signed by his forebear, James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, who led the first substantive diplomatic mission to Japan.
Area(s): History, Economics