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Anglo Sikh Heritage Day

Saturday 24th September 2011

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Visit the museum & discover the link between the Ancient House & the last Maharajah of Lahore, Duleep Singh. See the gravestone of Maharani Jindan Kaur and many personal items of Duleep Singh.

Make it a day trip & visit the nearby statue of Duleep Singh on Butten Island & his graveside in Elveden Churchyard.

Ilustrated Talks

2pm - The Lions Firanghis

In the early 19th century British superiority over India was temporarily impeded by Maharajah Ranjit Singh. He enlisted European officers from Napolean's disbanded forces and mercenaries from Prussia, Spain, Italy & Holland to modernise his formidable ‘Khalsa Army'. Author of 'The Lions Firanghis: Europeans at the Court of Lahore' Bobby Singh examines the impact of these ‘European mercenaries' and what become of them after the annexation of Ranjit Singh's kingdom.

2:35pm - Clash of the Lions

The outcome of the Anglo Sikh wars would change the destiny of the Punjab and its people for centuries. This talk will explore the background to these battles and the resultant legacy.

"No Sikh offered to submit and no disciple of Gobind asked for quarter. They everywhere showed a front to the victor and stalked slowly and sullenly away while many rushed singly forth to meet assured death by contending with a multitude.' According to Lord Hardinge who was present in the battle, "Few escaped; none, it may be said, surrendered. The Sikhs met their fate with the resignation which distinguishes their race"
J D Cunningham

3:10pm - Refreshments

3:35pm - Maharajah Duleep Singh

Peter Bance author of numerous books on Maharajah Duleep Singh will highlight the tragic life of this last king of the Sikhs.

4pm - Questions

Times: 10:30am -4:30pm
Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1AA

Booking essential email or call 01842 752599

 Asian Life in Britain Archive Open Day

Saturday 24th September 2011

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

The Herbert has developed a significant and unique archive relating to South Asian life in Britain. A special opportunity to view the archive as been organised part of Heritage Shared month.

The archive features Punjabi magazines from the 1970s onwards including Des Pardes and various Indian Workers Association (IWA) publications. It also contains other material relating to the IWA and rare Punjabi poetry, prose and political writings. You will be able to access the archives wealth of film which includes holiday footage of India from the 1920s, interviews with WWII Sikh soldiers, independence fighters and brave men and women who migrated to Britain from the 1940s-1960s.

A highlight of the collection is the over 600 photographs depicting South Asian life in Britain and they have been made into a stunning slideshow for this special event.


Times: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well Coventry CV1 5QP

The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past

Last Weekend of the exhibition!

Brunei Gallery, SOAS

This stunning exhibition is set over two floors and includes priceless Sikh artefacts on display for the first time, rare paintings, photographs and archive film footage, fascinating eyewitness accounts and a lavishly illustrated exhibition publication.


Times: 10:30 - 5pm (Fri-Sat)
11:30am - 5pm (Sun)

Location: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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