Welcome to the Anglo Sikh Wars project

New interactive exhibition in Leicester to showcase unseen relics from 19th Century Anglo Sikh Wars

For the first time ever, a hidden era of British and Sikh history will be coming to life at a major exhibition in Leicester.

The Anglo-Sikh Wars exhibition will showcase 3D-modelled relics including the famous Koh-i-noor Diamond, armour and weaponry.It will also use augmented reality technology to bring alive the story from the wars that took place from 1845-1849.

The fiercely-fought Anglo-Sikh Wars culminated in the annexation of the great Sikh Kingdom in the Punjab, as well as the appropriation of the Koh-i-noor diamond by the British.This ‘Theatre of War’ has been featured in the latest game from the Assassins Creed franchise – stimulating a new interest from a younger generation of gamers.

While it is widely known that India was the ‘jewel in the crown ‘of the British empire, the exhibition will highlight how crucial the Sikh Empire was to the British Raj.Later, Sikhs were to make up 25% of the British Indian Army – despite being only 1% of the Indian population – and were instrumental in both world wars.

Koh-i-noor Diamond
The exhibition will feature a replica of the famous Koh-i-noor Diamond

The exhibition will be open to the public at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester from 11 March until 4 June.New 3D modelling and augmented reality technology will be used to bring some of the project’s research to life, and give members of the public a real insight into British and Sikh history.Members of the public will also have the opportunity to attend a number of lectures and take part in workshops in Leicester and other parts of the UK.

Anglo Sikh Wars Exhibition
A number of lectures and workshops will also be held alongside the exhibition

The project is being led by a team of professionals and volunteers from the local community, and is also supported by Leicester City Council. Gurinder Singh Mann, Head of the Sikh Museum Initiative, said: “The Anglo Sikh Wars brought into conflict the Sikh empire and the East India Company, and culminated in a bloody series of battles that lasted four years.

“This exhibition will bring to light the most important aspects of those forgotten wars and take visitors on a unique journey through a vital piece of history for both communities.

“As well as rare paintings and portraits, visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to engage with all aspects of the war through interactive displays and exhibits.”

Assistant City aMayor, Leicester City Council, Piara Singh Clair said: “We are delighted to support the Sikh Museum Initiative with this exhibition, which has been supported by the heritage Lottery Fund.

“The team have worked really hard to create a first- class experience which will be well worth a visit.”

To see the full programme of events running throughout the exhibition from March to June, click here.
Read more at http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/new-interactive-exhibition-in-leicester-to-showcase-unseen-relics-from-19th-century/story-30185544-detail/story.html#okv1TGRc8wEGkme0.99

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