Fifth Annual Anglo Sikh Heritage Week starts 13 September 2008


Music Workshops and exhibition at the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Monday 15 -Sunday 21, 1:30-3:30pm

Pritham Singh, a maker of the sarangi a bowed stringed instrument of North Indian classical and traditional music, will be demonstrating aspects of his work at the Horniman Museum.  Represented at the Horniman exhibition ‘Utsavam – Music from India’ is his workshop and family home in Ludhiana, Punjab . This free exhibition showcases musical instruments from India dating back to the mid-19th century.

Jawans to Generals exhibition at Warwickshire Museum
Saturday 13 -Sunday 14, 11:30am-5:00pm
Jawans to Generals tells the story of the Sikh contribution to the British Army through a fascinating selection of historic photographs, many dating back to the Victorian period, and celebrates the proud history of the Anglo Sikh relationship.

'A Tradition of Courage' Lectures at Trident Business & Technology College
Saturday 13, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Booking is advisable
To accompany the Jawans to Generals exhibition this event  features talks on the epic battle of Saragarhi and the Sikh regiment in France in the First World War. Held in association with Sikh Heritage Association  Warwick & Leamington(SHAWL)

Family Workshops at the Imperial  War Museum
Saturday 13, 12noon- 4:00pm
Families will be able to join in this free drop-in art workshop. As well as seeing photos of Sikh soldiers from the Museum's collection, you will be able to handle a ‘Princess Mary Gift Box’, which was a gift given to Sikh troops in the First World War.  You then will be able to make your own gift box to take home.

Sikh Inspirations – storytelling for the family  at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 13, 12noon and 3:00pm
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A Sikh shield is the inspiration behind an exciting family-friendly storytelling session at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  Peter Chand will weave a story involving  Maharajah Ranjit Singh, the last ruler of Punjab. This session is suitable for all ages.

Gatka in the Gardens at  Eastnor Castle
Sunday 14 , 2:00-4:00pm
Enjoy Sikh Martial Arts in the stunning surroundings of Eastnor Castle.  Wander the gardens before settling down to listen to an illustrated talk in the Great Hall exploring the origins of the Anglo Sikh relationship.

Creative Art Workshops at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Sunday 14, 1:00-4:00pm
Cut, stick and glitter to your heart’s content!  Join us in this free drop-in family workshop.  Facilitated by an experienced workshop leader you will be able to make your very own Sikh shield to take home with you  – located in The Activity Zone

Curzon and the Sikhs a lecture at Kedleston Hall
Monday 15, 1:00pm
Join Christy Campbell, journalist and author of the 'The Maharajah's Box' in this fascinating talk on Lord Curzon (former owner of Kedleston Hall) and his relationship with the Sikhs . Tickets to this talk will allow  free access to the house and grounds.

'Water Stirred with Steel' a lecture at the Imperial  War Museum
Tuesday 16, 7:00pm
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For centuries British observers have commented on the unique spirit of brave gallantry which defines the Sikhs as amongst the finest soldiers in the world. This illustrated talk by the Sikh academic Harisimran Singh will examine the origins of this martial tradition and focus on the life and martyrdom of one of the t revered and iconic heroes of Sikh history – Baba Deep Singh. This will be the 9th lecture in the “Portraits of Courage” series hosted in association with the Imperial War Museum.

Object Display at the The Royal Artillery Museum
Wednesday 17  – Sunday 21, 10:30am-5:00pm
Objects normally stored in archives will be brought out for ASH week. They include Gun and limber from the Sutlej Campaign, a gauntlet, sword, oil paintings and photographs.

“Ancient Traditions in a Modern World, The Spiritual Warriors of Punjab” lecture at the Royal Geographical Society
Wednesday 17, 6.30pm
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Nick Fleming has had unparalleled access to live and travel with Nihang Singhs in India. For many months he became unnoticed allowing him to photograph them naturally. This talk gives an insight into how they live their daily lives. You will also have an opportunity to view the Punjab Exhibition curated by the RGS.

'Amazing Steel'  a Sikh study morning at the Wallace Collection
Wednesday 17, 10:15am -12:30pm
Booking is essential  020 7563 9551 Reduced price of £5 for ASHT friends quote ASHT/WAL
Coinciding with Anglo-Sikh Heritage Week this study morning explores the remarkable collection of oriental armoury held at the Wallace Collection.  Dispel some myths and learn about the mysteries of ‘watered’ steel with David Edge, Head of Conservation and Armourer to the Wallace Collection.  Tour the Oriental Armouries galleries with Robert Elgood, Honorary Curator of Oriental Arms and Armour, and discover for yourself this majestic collection.

V&A Talk
Wednesday 17, 1:15-2:00pm

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115 years ago the Last Maharajah of the Sikhs died in relative obscurity and was buried in Elveden, Suffolk.  This illustrated talk will reflect upon his tragic life and its posthumous significance for Anglo Sikh Relations. The talk will take place in the Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Centre  

“ The Exile “ a talk at the National Army Museum
Friday 19, 7:00-8:00pm
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Author Navtej Sarna in discussion with BBC presenter Hardeep Kohli on his novel on the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh.  This  fictionalised account reveals the tragedy  of a man who went from being a King to a supplicant, who changed his religion twice, who had a late realisation of his lost destiny and was ultimately unable to return to his land and people. His life is one of the t poignant chapters in Sikh history, as well as the history of British India. This talk will be held in the Art Gallery.

Workshop extravaganza  at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
Saturday 20, 11:00am-3:00pm
Fascinating talks on Duleep Singh will be held at 11am and 2.30pm.  Along with  'Put Yourself in the Picture' a drop in family workshop from 11am to 3pm  where you can join the guests at Maharajah Duleep Singh's parties through the magic of photography!

'Sikh Treasures' a gallery talk at the V&A
Sunday 21, 3:00pm
Priya Rekhi of the V&A will give us a topical and an insightful perspective on the Sikh artefacts that are displayed at the V&A.

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