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Sikh survey 2016: Reveals important issues for Sikhs in the UK

Jas Singh, Dr Opinderjit Kaur and SMI's Gurinder Singh Mann The findings from the UK Sikh Survey 2016, the largest and most comprehensive ever Sikh survey in the UK with over 4,500 respondents was released earlier today( 25/11/2016) The Sikh Network who developed and managed the survey went to great lengths to get responses from Sikhs across the spectrum in terms of their identity. Ther...
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SMI Lecture: The Lost Sikh Heritage in Pakistan

Saturday 25th June 2016 Ramgharia Board Gurdwara Leicester After the partition of India many sacred shrines of the Sikhs were lost to Pakistan. As a result over the many decades the history and heritage of the Sikhs in Pakistan has been disappearing due to neglect, and the forcible possession of sacred areas. So it becomes more imperative that the heritage of the Sikhs is further understoo...
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International Sikh Research Conference showcases the depth in global Sikh research.

ISRC 2016 held at the University of Warwick was a major success. The third International Sikh Research Conference (ISRC) showcased the research of University students as well as seasoned scholars of the Sikh faith. The conference was convened by Harjinder Singh Lallie (University of Warwick) and Gurinder Singh Mann (Director of the Sikh Museum Initiative). The event followed on from the tremend...
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SMI lecture: Jassa Singh Ramgharia was a ‘lion in battle’

Ramgharia Council UK celebrates: Ramgharia Misl Day On Monday 30th May Gurinder Singh Mann delivered a special presentation on the history and legacy of Sikh warrior of the Ramgharia Misl-Jassa Singh Ramgharia (1723-1803). Mann explained the relevance of the Jassa Singh during the Misl period and the impact of capturing many territories in the Punjab.He started the lecture by discussing the r...
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Guru Gobind Singh’s armour recreated in 3D

Updated on 5th January 2017 Guru Gobind Singh's armour recreated in 3D Taran3D has joined with the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) to recreate one of the plates from the body armour of Guru Gobind Singh. The body armour commonly known as Charaina or four mirrors has been patterned to bring out the glory of this important historical item. The first phase of this project was unveiled at se...
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SMI Lecture: Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK

Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK On Tuesday 8th March 2016, the University of Leicester’s Sikh Society and the Sikh Museum Initiative proudly presented a a double guest speaker event. The first speaker: Harry Singh, spoke about the ‘Revolutionary Spiritualism of Guru Nanak to Evolutionary Sikhism of Guru Gobind Singh’. He alluded to the simple philosophy of Guru Nanak as well as giving sp...
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Warrior Princess-Sophia Duleep Singh

Warrior Princess By Anita Anand A very good friend of mine, who also happens to be a rather well-known author, dipped deep into his vocabulary to summon the mot juste , which might best describe my current situation. "You, Anita, are a very lucky cow!" Having found for the subject of my first biography, a woman who was simultaneously an Indian Princess, goddaughter of Queen Victoria, re...
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Sikh Museum Initiative presents the Anglo Sikh Treaties project

Anglo Sikh Treaties Project The Anglo Sikh treaties project has considered the various interactions and proclamations initiated between the British and the Sikhs. The British had been subjugating various areas of the India sub-continent and by the turn of the nineteenth century they were examining the strength of the Sikhs. Col. John Malcolm from the East India Company first initiated a treaty ...
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Historic Guru Nanak relic traced to the UK

It was eight months ago when it was reported that Guru Nanak Dev's chakki (hand-moved wheat grinder) had been spotted in the UK. The sacred relic was originally kept at Gurdwara Chakki Sahib, Eminabad, Pakistan. However Pakistan police registered a case in this regard on Saturday. The first Sikh police officer of Pakistan, Gulab Singh, had lodged a complaint at Eminabad police station on Se...
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Sikh Museum Initiative looks at the relationship between the British and the Sikhs.

The official online launch of the Sikh Museum Initiative There has been a long history linking the Sikhs to the British since the eighteenth century. This history is relatively unknown and requires an initiative to bring closer introspection and investigation. As a result the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) will focus on locating and uncovering relics and artefacts which bind the two communities tog...
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