In Court with Queen Victoria: A Maharajah and a Munshi
30/4/2012 to 30/4/2012
Touring Multi-media exhibition
Exhibition screening and talk: Monday 30th April, 6.30pm at the Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF ( 10 mins walk from Green Park stn )
Speakers: Shrabani Basu , author of Victoria & Abdul , and Harbinder Singh Rana , Honorary Director, ASHT.
A multi-media exhibition that uncovers the hidden history of Queen Victoria's relationships with two Indians from contrasting backgrounds - a Maharajah and a Munshi.
Inspired in design by the Royal thrones of Britain and the Punjab and a ‘Munshi's' ( Teacher ) chair, this exhibition brings to life, a relatively unknown side of Queen Victoria's reign.
This is the story of how ‘India came to the Queen', in the guise of a Maharajah and a Munshi.
The dramatised installation provides an engaging insight into Queen Victoria, Empress of India, and her extraordinary experience of India, and all things Indian, without ever setting foot on Indian soil.
The exhibition also features a series of exclusive interviews with historians and museum curators; Shrabani Basu - author of ‘Victoria and Abdul', Julius Bryant - keeper of the V&A's word and image collection, Michael Hunter - curator Osborne House and Oliver Bone - curator Ancient House Museum, Thetford.