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THE SIKH HERITAGE Beyond Borders-Book review

Sikh Heritage is not lost just Misplaced Review of The Sikh Heritage Beyond Borders by Dalvir Singh Pannu Dalvir Singh Pannu, a dental practitioner by trade delivers a book rich with history that connects the Panjab of Pakistan with the diaspora of today.   Now available at Amazon UK Some will look at the state of some Gurdwaras, Haveli’s and other structures of the Sikh...
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Napoleon Bonaparte to the Duke of Wellington: The sword at the Battle of Ferozeshah

SMI 11: GOLD-HILTED SWORD (GLAIVE)  Date: Before 1800Origin: France-Napolean Bonaparte Presented by the Duke of Wellington to Lt. Col. Sir Henry Hardinge, later Field Marshal 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, in 1817. Worn by him at the Battle of Ferozeshah in 1845. It was said to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), the French statesman and military leader  Read t...
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Sikh Museum Initiative 2019 Review

We had a great 2019 undertaking showcases, research, lectures and ensuring that Sikh history was explored with all age ranges and diverse audiences across the UK. We contributed towards the Alice Hawkins and Votes for Women exhibition at New Walk Museum. Together with a “Legacy of Sophia Duleep Singh” panel discussion with Anisha Johal and Kiran Kaur (University of Derby) and Jaskiran Bhog...
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh sculpture unveiled at Lahore Fort

Ranjit Singh Statue unveiled at Lahore on 27th June 2019. LAHORE-A life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was unveiled on June 27 outside the Sikh Gallery at Lahore Fort on the180th death anniversary of Ranjit Singh. The life-size statue of Sikh Punjabi ruler is first of its kind in Pakistan. Ranjit Singh in sculpture is sitting on his favorite Arabic horse named Kahar bahar, wh...
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Maharani Jindan Kaur-The Queen with the “only manly understanding in the Punjab.”

To  celebrate International Women's day 2019 The Sikh Museum Initiative presents an interesting letter written by Governor General Dalhousie regarding Maharani Jindan Kaur. Annotated and commentary by Sikh scholar Gurinder Singh Mann. Painting, paint on ivory, a miniature portrait of Rani Jindan. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum. Who was Maharani Jindan Kaur? She was regent of the Sikh...
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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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