Unknown Warriors, Untold Heroism Date: Tuesday, 07 April, 2009
This online exhibition launched by the National Army Museum explores the pivotal role of Black and Asian soldiers within the British and Commonwealth Forces.
Displayed alongside 500 testimonies, photographs, film clips, sound recordings and images of objects from the museum's extensive Collection, the exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to explore a variety of both known and unknown stories.
Head of Education at the NAM, Tristan Langlois says; "This exhibition, whilst providing a narrative for some fascinating objects and images, is as much about appealing to the Black and Asian communities to come forward with their own stories, images and artefacts. Whilst the NAM's Collection is rich in material around this topic, it is important that we engage with communities and encourage them to upload their own information to enable us to give a true picture of the scale of participation by Black and Asian soldiers."
Black Asian British Army highlights fascinating stories through the accounts of soldiers such as Subadar Khudadad Khan, the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross; as well as many Sikhs such as Ishar Singh VC, Gian Singh VC and countless others.
"It is important that the courage and sacrifice of soldiers from across the British Empire and Commonwealth are properly recognised and understood,...................this project will enable a wide range of people to share and explore the fascinating, but often poignant, stories of these brave men and women".
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, London
Find out at www.national-army-museum.ac.uk