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Background

The Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail is a project of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust. The Trust was first established in 1993, the centenary year of the death of Maharajah Duleep Singh, with the primary objective of highlighting and promoting Anglo Sikh heritage.

Since then it has engaged in a series of initiatives, including the Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms exhibition in collaboration with the V&A, the annual Portrait of Courage lecture at the Imperial War Museum and the Jawans to Generals exhibition in collaboration with English Heritage.

Other projects have included the commissioning of a bronze statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh in Thetford; the first major piece of Sikh art outside India, as well as two highly successful festivals of Anglo Sikh Heritage.

Phase one: 2004-2006

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage the Trail was first launched by Fiona McTaggart MP at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in July 2004. Conceived as a national initiative, the Trail drew together all relevant UK locations, institutions and artefacts into one inspirational project. For the first time ever the Trail brought to life a little known aspect of the cultural landscape of Britain.

Visitors to the ASHT website can follow the Trail through a series of locations, exhibits and institutions; plan actual visits and explore the themes which provide the historical background to the Trail.

By the end of Phase one the Project grew substantially to include over 40 locations across the United Kingdom with the website drawing up to 20,000 users per month.