Hidden TreasuresDate: Friday, 29 April, 2005
ASHT's newest volunteer, Paramdip Kaur, is working in the British Museum, uncovering hidden treasures in the Department of Coins and Medals. The Sikh collection, comprising over 1000 coins dating from 1765 - 1839, has never been catalogued. The coins are a reflection of the prosperous and colourful period of Sikh rule, yet none are currently on display at the Museum. ‘From a heritage perspective it is surprising that such an immense and valuable collection remains secluded from public view', said Paramdip.
Thanks to her skills in reading Gurmukhi and Persian inscriptions, Paramdip is able to catalogue the collection, making it available on the internet via the Museum's ‘Merlin' database. She believes that working with curators in the museum has increased their knowledge and awareness of these treasures and hopes that as a result more attention will be given to Sikh exhibits in the future.
Images of coins and medals in the British Museum collection will be displayed on the ASHT website as part of our aspiration to create a ‘virtual museum' on the internet.