Statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh, Butten Island, Thetford. Photo © James McDonald
The long and fascinating history of the connections between Sikh and English cultures is to be celebrated during the forthcoming Anglo-Sikh Heritage Week.
Running from September 15-23 2007, this year will see an extended programme of events spread right across the country.
From an introduction to Sikh arms and armour at London’s Wallace Collectionto Rangoli art workshops at Soho House in Birmingham, the events aim to show the shared history of British and Sikh people.
Childrens Activities, Common Ground Festival, London. Lots of events are suitable for the whole family. Image courtesy ns.images
Other highlights include stories of the magnificent Koh-in-Noor diamonds in the Tower of London, a showcase of the Royal Geographical Society’s unique collection of original maps and photos from the Punjab and an exploration of the complicated relationship between deposed rebel prince Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Empress of India Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail (ASHT) Project Manager Hema Raull said: “Exciting, informative, stirring and fun are some of the words used to describe the range of activities that took place last year during ASHT week.”
Display of Sikh Martial Art, British Library, London. There will also be displays of dancing and traditional martial practices. © Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail
“This year is no exception. During ASHT week you can learn about Sikh history, culture and tradition through a variety of activities and by learning more about a range of fascinating characters.”
The week has been organised by the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, a project of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, which exists to promote Sikh heritage in Britain. The Trail covers a range of sites and institutions throughout the UK was launched in July 2004.
Visit the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail website to download a programme of events, learn about the trail and for more information about Sikh history and culture.