Anglo Sikh Heritage revealed At Imperial War Museum London
1/3/2008 to 31/1/2008
Story by Richard Moss, 24Hour Museum
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester was at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London on June 2nd 2006 to unveil the latest plaque in a UK-wide scheme which highlights items of Anglo-Sikh heritage held in museums and at heritage sites.
The IWM is latest museum to sign up the scheme and trail plaques have already been unveiled at several key museums and other sites around the UK.
"The interesting thing about the Heritage Trail is that it can be found in different points of the UK and therefore it catches people by surprise," said his Royal Highness.
"It arouses curiosity and hopefully it will entreat people to try and find out a little bit about more the history of the way the Sikh people and the British people have come together in a significant way."
"Nowhere is this more obvious than here at the Imperial War Museum where the Sikh martial tradition and its unparalleled contribution to the World Wars is so powerfully illustrated."
Included in the museum’s galleries and now part of the trail are the Victoria Cross and kara (a metal bangle which has religious significance) of Parkash Singh, who fought in the Burma Campaign with the Indian Army during the Second World War.