Issue No:  9


In This Issue

  • Remembering the last Sikh Maharajah
  • Gurudwara Sahib Leamington & Warwick
  • Remembrance 2009
  • 2010 Calendar
  • Latest News & Events

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Remembering the last Sikh Maharajah
 Flowers on the Gravestone of Maharajah Duleep Singh at Elveden. Image HS Grewal

A graveside ceremony to honour Maharajah Duleep Singh, The Last Maharajah of the Sikhs, was held at Elveden Churchyard in late October.  

The Maharajah had spent many years living the life of a country gentleman in the nearby Elveden Hall but, the heir to the vast and rich Sikh kingdom created by his father Maharajah Ranjit Singh, died penniless and alone in a hotel in Paris, on October 23rd 1893.  He was buried at the churchyard alongside his wife and son.

Members from the Sikh Community and representatives from Thetford including the Mayor attended the intimate ceremony and laid flowers in memory of Maharajah Duleep Singh.

'..Duleep Singh was the first Sikh Settler in this country which is why it is important to remember him' Councillor Pam Spencer, Mayor of Thetford

Gurudwara Sahib Leamington & Warwick
 Image 1.Gurudwara Sahib Warwick & Leamington.Image 2 Jawans to Generals Exhibition on display.  Images courtesy G5 Sikh Media

The opening of the new Gurudwara Sahib Leamington & Warwick included a rich programme of events for young people and families. These included an informative talk ‘Shoulder to Shoulder' highlighting 160 Years of the Anglo Sikh Relationship given by historian and MDSCT Trustee, Sarinjit Bahia, and a screening of ‘A Prisoner's Song' by Micheal Singh, a short documentary film which tells the story of Mal Singh, a Sikh soldier captured by the Germans during World War One.

Also exhibiting at the Gurudwara Sahib are, 'Sikhs in Print' by the Singh Twins and 'Jawans to Generals' - a photographic exhibition of the contribution of Sikh Soldiers during the two World Wars. Both exhibitions will be on display at the Gurudwara until January 2010.

The stunning purpose built Gurudwara will serve the communities of Leamington, Warwick, and the surrounding areas and host regular exhibitions, film screenings and lectures, educating and inspiring both Sikh and non Sikh communities alike, whilst providing a place of worship.

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Remembrance 2009
Amrit-Pali Kaur & Karan-Jeet Singh laying a wreath at Plymouth War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.Image courtesy Chaz Goldie

In recent years the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail has brokered a working relationship with the Royal British Legion, the nation's custodian of Remembrance. The RBL ensures that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The poppy has become the symbol of Remembrance worn during the weeks leading to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day and it was encouraging to see more Sikhs not only wearing the poppy but also Sikh volunteers in Gurudwara's and other locations.

Following on from last year's pioneering work once again ASHT co-ordinated Sikh representation at specific Remembrance day events across the country. Explaining the strategy ASHT Director Harbinder Singh said "We felt that for too long Sikh's had been passive observers at a time in the national calendar which more than any other captures the spirit of sacrifice and service for which we are renowned. We felt it was important that the Sikh community should take a more meaningful part in Remembrance , not merely because of the sacrifices of our forefathers , but because we must take it upon ourselves to ensure that throughout the length and breadth of these shores we educate others about this history. It is for this reason that ASHT has been focusing on arranging and co-ordinating a Sikh presence in locations that are outside of the major conurbations"

2010 Calendar
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The 2010 calendar showcases the remarkable work of the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI). Set up in 1995 by longstanding ASHT supporter Gurmeet Rai to bring a multi disciplinary approach to heritage conservation in India, the CRCI with its expert team have worked on scores of projects throughout India.

Featuring images and details of some of the CRCI's work in Punjab including the unique Guru Ki Maseet, a mosque built by the sixth Sikh Guru, the summer Palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh and many more, this calendar shines a light on the amazing work that is taking place today in Punjab, to preserve and restore its often disregarded material heritage to its former glory.

"Alongside the tragedy of the catastrophic disasters which the SGPC and others inflict on Sikh material heritage through their neglect and disregard there are some projects which are genuinely preserving important sites. The CRCI's work is both to be admired and commended and we are privileged to be supporting them in their endeavours" Sarinjit Bahia, MDSCT

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Latest News & Events
Image1.M & K performance at the Tower of London.Image2. Signing of the Treaty of Bhairowal.British Museum.Image3. All For Burns and Burns For All. Copyright National Museums Scotland

The Maharajah & the Kohinoor  - Back by popular demand this family theatre production will tour schools and venues in the UK from January - June 2010. Don't miss the chance to book the play at a school or venue in your area!

'The Maharajah & the Kohinoor was a fantastic success and we were absolutely thrilled with the response from families. I was particularly pleased with the performers skills in inspiring audience participation..' Heather Whitely from the V&A Museum commenting after the recent performance during 'Majestic Maharajahs'.

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ASHT Research - 'Working as a voluntary researcher for ASHT was a challenging and fascinating task, one that helped me learn a lot about Punjabi history, something that I have always been deeply interested in and am only just gaining the opportunity to investigate. My assignment was to look into the annexation of the Sikh State in the Punjab by the British government in India... I was based in the British Library's India Office, with its wealth of documents and resources on the subject, an invaluable experience for a History undergraduate!..' Priya Atwal Volunteer Researcher

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Recently Added to ASHT's online Trail the Iqbalnama Series by the Singh Twins.  This series of work charts the life of Baron Sirdar Iqbal Singh, a retired businessman who has a passion for Scotland - his adopted home. He lives in a Scottish castle, owns a Scottish Island, created his own "Singh" tartan and had the poetry of Robert Burns translated into Punjabi.

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