Issue No:  11


In This Issue

  • ASHT Membership
  • Maharajah & The Kohinoor play tours schools
  • Battlefield Tour
  • Memorial Gates
  • Other News & Events

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ASHT Membership
 ASHT Membership

Enhancing your journey through history

There couldn't be a better time to join ASHT, the pioneering initiative preserving and profiling Sikh heritage in Britain. Your membership will directly support the charity in promoting this unique heritage now and inspire future generations. You can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits which promise to enrich your journey through history.  These include:

• Exclusive invitations to exhibition, book, film and theatre previews
• Discounted publications

• Reduced admission to ASHT partner heritage sites/events e.g. V&A, Osborne House, Eastnor Castle
• and many more..


Find out more at

Maharajah & The Kohinoor play tours schools
 Scene from The Maharajah & The Kohinoor
This touching tale of the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh, told from the perspective of one of the world's most famous diamonds, the Kohinoor, captivated school pupils.

After its launch at the Birmingham Drum in early March, ‘The Maharajah and the Kohinoor' is now touring schools, gurudwaras and community venues around the country until the end of the year.

This theatre in education production following Duleep Singh's life is aimed at young audiences & families and dramatically demonstrates how the Sikh Kingdom unravelled and was annexed. A post show workshop gives young people the opportunity to engage in debate and activity exploring themes around identity, migration and history.

"The play was really good, I learned a lot about the diamond and the Maharajah" School pupil

For tour dates and bookings visit

Battlefield Tour
 Image 1. Preserved Trenches at Bayernwald 2. Guide explains trench warfare to group.  Images P Dhillion

The highly successful ASHT Battlefield Tour returns this year with a day trip on Saturday 29th May taking visitors on a journey that highlights the tremendous contribution made by Sikh soldiers during WW1.

Visit the preserved trenches at Bayernwald, learn how Sikh forces arrived in Europe unprepared for winter combat, stand in the battlefields around Neuve Chapelle and hear from expert tour guides how Sikh Regiments were at the forefront of many battles.

The tour also includes a visit to the
spectacular Indian Memorial dedicated to the memory of Indian soldiers who fought and died for the freedom of Europe, and a trip to Ypres, where you will have the opportunity to take part in the famous ceremony at  the Menin Gate and wonder around the quaint Belgian town.

My favourite time on the trip was taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. I felt very proud to represent both Britain and India...Jeevan Kaur Age 10

The one thing I learnt from the trip was how little I and others are aware of the contribution made by India for the British Army. There is just so much to learn...Ambi Ray-Sanghera

Limited tickets available! BOOK NOW!

Further information at

Memorial Gates
 Image 1. Wreaths laid at Memorial Gates Image 2. Members of the Armed Services. Image 3. Memorial Gates Images H S Grewal & Memorial Gates Trust

A touching ceremony remembers Commonwealth War dead at London's Hyde Park Memorial Gates

The intimate ceremony opened with a speech by the Bishop of London who quoted a hymn by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, followed by a wreath laying ceremony presented by representatives from the former colonies.

‘Let knowledge of God be thy food
Let mercy keep thy store
And listen to the Divine Music
That beats in every heart'

Bishop quotes Guru Nanak

The Memorial Gates and ceremony were initiated by the Memorial Gates Trust, established in 1998, with the objective of raising funds to erect a Memorial to mark the enormous sacrifices made by nearly five million volunteers from the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean who served with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars.

A remembrance ceremony has been held there every year since 2002, this year's ceremony was attended by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, other dignitaries and representatives of former colonies, as well as veterans and serving military.

This gathering and the Commonwealth brings together people of many different faiths. Faiths move us by their particular stories and the ways of life which believers inhabit' The Bishop of London

Read a full write up by Harbaksh Grewal at

Other News & Events
Image 1.Students at Northern Sikhi Image 2 Postcard showing a group of Sikh soldiers.©Royal Pavilion
Sikhi Week

As part of Northern Sikhi Week, a joint collaborative series of events organised by University Sikh Societies based in the North, the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail gave an illustrated talk to the Leeds Metropolitan University Sikh Society on Sikhs in War. Over 50 students attended the lecture highlighting the Tradition of Valour that Sikhs as soldiers have established over the last three centuries.

New gallery opens at Brighton Royal Pavilion

Opened on March 26th this gallery is dedicated to the Pavilions time as an Indian Military Hospital. From December 1914 to February 1916, the Royal Pavilion was offered for use as a hospital for troops from the Indian Corps, including many Sikhs, wounded on the Western Front in France and Flanders during World War I. Paintings, archive photographs, contemporary accounts and newsreel footage recall in vivid form a remarkable and often forgotten story from Brighton's history.

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