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Sikh Relics and Artefacts lecture: 125th anniversary of the death of Duleep Singh

Sikh Relics and Artefacts: From the past to the technological future with Gurinder Singh Mann and Taranjit Singh *** Part of the Festival of Thetford & Punjab *** Taranjit Singh discussing how arrows can be 3d scanned. We present a lecture undertaken as part of the Essex Cultural Diversity Project organised Festival of Thetford & Punjab, marking the 125th anniversary of the death of D...
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Sikh Women in history: Sikh Empire to Suffragettes-Lecture

*The role played by Sikh women during the Sikh Empire and beyond has been marginalised,  as a result a hard hitting lecture by Dr Priya Atwal  set out to explain the importance that women have played over a century. * Dr Priya Atwal undertook her PHD thesis on the royalty of the Sikh Empire at the University of Oxford. On 20th July 2018, a special took place looking at the role of Sikh wom...
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More exposure needed on the Anglo Sikh Wars

This was the key message given by a panel of authors who were discussing the Sikh Empire and the Anglo Sikh Wars of 1845-1849. The often neglected wars from the nineteenth century which pitched the Sikh Empire against the East India Company were to put the British Empire in the balance. The evening was hosted by Kartar Singh of the Sikh Museum Initiative and part of the Contemporary Sikh Art e...
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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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The Black Prince Movie

The Black Prince Movie The Black Prince' is a story of Queen Victoria and the Last King of Punjab, Maharaja Duleep Singh. His character as it evolves, torn between two cultures and facing constant dilemmas as a result. His relationship with Queen Victoria will be the most impactful relationship in the film, the Queen representing the English culture he was drawn into. The Black Prince begins a ...
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Anglo Sikh Wars: Battles, Treaties and Relics 1845-1849 exhibition

Anglo Sikh Wars: Battles, Treaties and Relics 1845-1849 11 March – 4 June 2017 Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens For the first time ever, a hidden era of British and Sikh history will be coming alive through a unique exhibition in Leicester. The project will showcase relics that have been 3D modelled and will use augmented reality technology to bring alive the story of t...
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Anglo Sikh Wars project launch

The Sikh Museum Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of the Anglo Sikh Wars website. Project launch Anglo Sikh Wars: Battles, Treaties and Relics Newarke houses Museum, Leicester 14th October 2016 For many years, the fabled diamond known as the Koh-i-noor has received much interest from both India and the UK. The diamond was taken by the British as part of a treaty initiated...
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh statue unveiled in France

A bronze statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been installed and unveiled at Allard Square, Saint Tropez, France on Saturday. The bust was presented to the people of France by the Punjab government.The statue was unveiled in a military ceremony. The event underlined the close historical links between Punjab and France. Sikhs de France, an organisation which represents the Sikhs in France, prese...
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Overflowing garbage marks the spot where the final blow was dealt to the Sikh Empire

The pavilion which contained one of the most famous gardens in Lahore is now in ruins. Sitting inside the baradari (pavilion), Maharaja Sher Singh and his son, Kanvar Pratab Singh, watched the Khalsa Army parade in front of them. Before him, his father, Maharaja Ranjit Singh too sometimes used to inspect his army at this garden, earning it the title of parade ground. The river Ravi flowed ju...
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BBC radio programme The Sikh Empire

The Sikh Empire: In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the Sikh Empire in the 18th Century under Ranjit Singh, who unified the Sikh kingdoms as the Mughal Empire declined. He became Maharaja of the Panjab at Lahore in 1801, capturing Amritsar the following year. His empire flourished until 1839, after which a decade of unrest ended with the British annexation. Thursday 7 Ap...
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