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Imperial War Museum

The history of the two world wars are told by the Imperial War Museum. Here there are a number of displays showing the role of Indians in the two World Wars and even a Sikh Tank driver mannequin . On … Continue reading »

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Caxton Hall – Udham Singh

A site associated closely with Uddham Singh –revolutionary freedom fighter and assassin. On 13 March 1940 the East India Association was to host a lecture on the Afghan crisis at Caxton Hall, Westminster. Attendees included Lord Zetland, Secretary of State for India, and Sir Michael O’Dwyer – a name that would have been immediately reviled by Udham Singh. Continue reading »

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Britain’s first Sikh Gurdwara – 79 Sinclair Road

This site is a Georgian terrace in Shepherds Bush. Its relevance begins with its acquisition by Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. It became a site of importance when the Maharajah donated the site to the embryonic Sikh community. This site therefore became the first Sikh Gurdwara in the UK. Continue reading »

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Bust to Lord Lawrence of the Punjab Westminister Abbey

Bust of Lawrence by Thomas Woolner. During the First Sikh War of 1845 to 1846, Lawrence organized the supplying of the British army in the Punjab and became Commissioner of the Jullundur district, serving under his brother, the Governor of the province. In that role he was known for his administrative reforms, for subduing the hill tribes, and for his attempts to end the custom of suttee. Continue reading »

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The National Army Museum

The main collection includes a few pieces of interest, a shamsher presented by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to General Hodson and a few medals. The reading rooms however contain the real treasure. Continue reading »

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Almost certainly the richest source of Sikh artefacts, arts and arms outside of India and arguably in the world. On display within Nehru gallery are a number of Sikh arms including a complete Nihang Dastaar Bunga and the stunning Golden Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Within the reading room are dozens of very important paintings in the Kangra style and a number of rare publications. Continue reading »

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