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Sophia Duleep Singh: The Princess and Suffragette who stamped her authority in the UK.

 Sophia Duleep Singh stamped her authority in more ways than one and in 2018 she is being remembered in a fitting way with the release of a stamp by the Royal Mail in the UK on 15th February 2018. The interesting and colourful life of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (1876 –1948) is being immortalised in a commemorative stamp in the UK. Sophia was the Granddaughter of the Lion of the Punjab-Maharaj...
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Memorial to SIkh Soldiers confirmed in London

More than 80,000 turban-wearing Sikh soldiers are estimated to have died fighting for Britain during the two world wars, with 100,000 more injured. The campaign for a memorial to their efforts to be built in London has won the support of more than 27,000 people in an online petition. It also gained cross-party backing from the likes of Labour leader Mr Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Ca...
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Anglo SIkh Wars on the popular BBC Antiques Roadtrip

BBC Antiques Roadtrip The Sikh Museum Initiative was filmed for the popular BBC Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip programme. The Sikh Museum Initiative formulated the Anglo Sikh Wars project this year to shed light on the highly contested wars between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company from 1845-1849. The exhibition has led to considerable interest not just locally and nationally but, it h...
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Sikh army was betrayed in the Anglo Sikh Wars

 Historians Amar Pal Sidhu, Mandeep Rai, Sukhmani Bal Riar and William Dalrymple in the session on Anglo-Sikh wars, at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Anil Dayal/HT) The Anglo-Sikh Wars of 1845 and 1848 are the only two instances where the generals betrayed their own army. The complex account of how it changed the course of Indian history was the topic of discussion d...
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Anglo Sikh history in Worcester

Visit to Worcester The SMI made a visit to Worcestershire, Gurinder Singh Mann and a volunteer, Jasmohan Singh Obhi  went to see what artefacts and history was related to the Anglo Sikh Wars in this city. This was a visit which was necessary to help further highlight how widespread artefacts from the Anglo Sikh Wars are, in addition to negotiating and collecting the artefacts for display and 3D...
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Launch of the Leicestershire Sikh Police Association

Leicestershire Sikh Police Association Launch Enderby Leicester 3rd November 2017 On Friday 3rd November 2017 the Leicestershire Sikh Police Association was formally launched at Leicestershire Police HQ to coincide with the birth anniversary of the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Jee. The event was a complete success and was attended by staff from Leicestershire Police, external forces and m...
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Special lecture: Sikh Arms and Armour in the Royal Collection report

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, 18th October 2017 A special lecture on Sikh Arms and Armour took place on 18th October 2017 at New Walk Museum, Leicester. The speaker was historian and author Gurinder Singh Mann also head of the Sikh Museum Initiative. The lecture was part of the exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–76. The Royal Collectio...
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When maharajas ‘armed’ prince with gifts

RCIN 11411. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017 Sikh Museum Initiative featured in the Tribune News service and Punjabi Tribune Vikramdeep Johal Tribune News Service, Chandigarh, October 22 Queen Victoria, who ruled as the Empress of India for a quarter of a century, never set foot on the subcontinent. However, her eldest son, Prince Edward (later King Edward VII),...
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Anglo-Sikh Wars: A Journey into Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK

Orders & Medals Research Society(OMRS) Crown Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon Saturday 16th September “An excellent Convention which must rank as one of the very best yet” OMRS President, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE The SMI were invited to the Orders and Medal Research Society Convention 2017, which was also the 75th anniversary of the Society. It took place at the prestigious Cro...
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Commemorating 21 Sikhs and the screening of Saragarhi: The True Story

Saragarhi day 2017 National Memorial Arboretum Lichfield Staffordshire A great event took place today 12th September to commemorate the epic battle of Saragarhi where 21 Sikh soldiers took a stand against tremendous odds against a army of Afghans numbering circa 10,000. With speeches by the British Army and Sikh representatives and an introduction to the battle of Saragarhi by Jay Singh-...
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