My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

"UKPHA worked with the production team to gather stories and experiences from the 1947 Partition of Punjab during the research phase of the documentary series. People shared frank, heartbreaking and horrific stories from the trauma caused by the partitioning of Punjab in the last days of British Raj. We hope that the 2017 documentary goes some way to educating a new generation on Britons on their collective past." Partners: BBC, Wall to Wall Media &middo Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

Worked with the production company to look for compelling stories from the Sikh and Punjabi community to be included in this documentary Partners: BBC · Wall to Wall Media · Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

Launch of the new National Army Museum

Contributed to video installations and worked in partnership between the NAM and UKPHA in running workshops with the Sikh community to re-tie and interpret the dastar bunga and prepare it for display. Partners: National Army Museum

Family Day at the Lockwood Kipling Exhibtion

"The V&A's Lockwood Kipling exhibition on the arts and crafts of Punjab heavily features the work of famed architect Bhai Ram Singh. On the opening day we had the pleasure of organising a private tour for his family including his grandson Sant Singh Sohal. Our expert guide was Dr Sandra Kemp, lead researcher for this magnificent exhibition who kindly took time out on her day off to show us round and also present Sant Singh with a copy of the wonderful exhibition book." Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum

Launch of The Tartan Turban by John Keay

UKPHA sponsor the publication of the Tartan Turban by the veteran historian John Keay. Charting the remarkable biography of Alexander Gardner in his life as a central Asian traveller and later a central figure in Ranjit Singh's court of Lahore. The book was launched in front of a packed crowd at Ernst & Young's London offices. Partners: Ernst & Young Sikh Association

Outreach Day with the NAM and Hounslow Gurdwara

A Great day of outreach on Sunday with our superb volunteers and partners from the National Army Museum at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow drumming up interest in Remembrance Day & the Indian & Sikh WW1 contribution Partners: National Army Museum · Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow

Wreath to Sikh soldiers at the Commonwealth memorial Gates Event

An annual ceremony at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in London marks the Commonwealth contribution to the World Wars. The gates commemorate the armed forces of the British Empire from Africa, the Caribbean and the five regions of the Indian subcontinent who served in the First and Second World Wars. We were delighted to have the talented spoken word artist and educator Jaspreet Kaur Sangha, represent us at this ceremony. Partners: Memorial Gates Foundation, Behind the Netra

Co-founder and Chair receives OBE

UKPHA's Chair and co-founder, Amandeep Madra awarded an OBE in the June 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. Amandeep's award is for services to Punjabi and Sikh heritage and culture.

Eyes of India

One hundred years ago Kiplings final work relating to the subcontinent was published. A century on the Indian soldiers of World War One are remembered as The Eyes of Asia is reissued with an extensive Introduction by Charles Allen. Partners: National Army Museum · Kashi House

The Turban Bus Dispute

UKPHA Chair, Amandeep Madra joins journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera as he returns to his hometown of Wolverhampton where a battle raged over the right to wear the turban on the buses in Enoch Powell's constituency at the time he made his Rivers of Blood speech. Partners: BBC Radio 4

Co-founder and Chair receives OBE

UKPHA's Chair and co-founder, Amandeep Madra awarded an OBE in the June 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. Amandeep's award is for services to Punjabi and Sikh heritage and culture.

Eyes of India

One hundred years ago Kiplings final work relating to the subcontinent was published. A century on the Indian soldiers of World War One are remembered as The Eyes of Asia is reissued with an extensive Introduction by Charles Allen. Partners: National Army Museum · Kashi House

The Turban Bus Dispute

UKPHA Chair, Amandeep Madra joins journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera as he returns to his hometown of Wolverhampton where a battle raged over the right to wear the turban on the buses in Enoch Powell's constituency at the time he made his Rivers of Blood speech. Partners: BBC Radio 4

My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

"UKPHA worked with the production team to gather stories and experiences from the 1947 Partition of Punjab during the research phase of the documentary series. People shared frank, heartbreaking and horrific stories from the trauma caused by the partitioning of Punjab in the last days of British Raj. We hope that the 2017 documentary goes some way to educating a new generation on Britons on their collective past." Partners: BBC, Wall to Wall Media &middo Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

Worked with the production company to look for compelling stories from the Sikh and Punjabi community to be included in this documentary Partners: BBC · Wall to Wall Media · Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

Launch of the new National Army Museum

Contributed to video installations and worked in partnership between the NAM and UKPHA in running workshops with the Sikh community to re-tie and interpret the dastar bunga and prepare it for display. Partners: National Army Museum

Family Day at the Lockwood Kipling Exhibtion

"The V&A's Lockwood Kipling exhibition on the arts and crafts of Punjab heavily features the work of famed architect Bhai Ram Singh. On the opening day we had the pleasure of organising a private tour for his family including his grandson Sant Singh Sohal. Our expert guide was Dr Sandra Kemp, lead researcher for this magnificent exhibition who kindly took time out on her day off to show us round and also present Sant Singh with a copy of the wonderful exhibition book." Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum

Launch of The Tartan Turban by John Keay

UKPHA sponsor the publication of the Tartan Turban by the veteran historian John Keay. Charting the remarkable biography of Alexander Gardner in his life as a central Asian traveller and later a central figure in Ranjit Singh's court of Lahore. The book was launched in front of a packed crowd at Ernst & Young's London offices. Partners: Ernst & Young Sikh Association

Outreach Day with the NAM and Hounslow Gurdwara

A Great day of outreach on Sunday with our superb volunteers and partners from the National Army Museum at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow drumming up interest in Remembrance Day & the Indian & Sikh WW1 contribution Partners: National Army Museum · Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow

Wreath to Sikh soldiers at the Commonwealth memorial Gates Event

An annual ceremony at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in London marks the Commonwealth contribution to the World Wars. The gates commemorate the armed forces of the British Empire from Africa, the Caribbean and the five regions of the Indian subcontinent who served in the First and Second World Wars. We were delighted to have the talented spoken word artist and educator Jaspreet Kaur Sangha, represent us at this ceremony. Partners: Memorial Gates Foundation, Behind the Netra

The Sikhs:History, Faith and Valour during the Great War

UKPHA's Empire, Faith & War exhibition was the inspiration for The exhibition "The Sikh: History, Fatih and Valour During The Great War" which took place last november in Rome was being repeated in the heart of Italy's Sikh community in the northern town of Cremona. Partners:

Slough Dharmic Mela

Thanks to Khalsa Primary School, the Dharmic Mela organisers, the good folk of Slough and our amazing volunteers had a great day! As well as finding out about our project the public were able to tell us their stories and sign-up as Citizen Historians so that we can help them find out more about their WW1 ancestors. Partners: Khalsa Primary School

Points of Light

Our co-founders Amandeep Singh Madra and Parmjit Singh have been recognised by the UK Prime Minister for their work championing Sikh and Punjabi culture. The pair have been recognised for their voluntary effort as the latest recipients of the PM's Point of Light award whilst attending the Vaisakhi Reception at No.10 Downing St this lunchtime. Congratulations to them and to all our team of volunteers who have helped bring this rich history to the world over the past two decades via our books, exhibitions and other work including the Sikhs and WW1 project! Partners:

FLANDERS FIELDS AND BEYOND

Our Citizen Historians and team members undertook an eye-opening and comprehensive day looking at sites of interest relating to the Indian Army on the Western Front. These included two Indian Army grave sites, the moving memorial at Neuve Chappelle, the Menin Gate, which includes thousands of Indian names, and the site of the remarkable action of Jackie Smyth of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs, where he gained his VC and almost all his ten Sikh supermen lost their lives. Partners: British Army

WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS

In conjunction with our partner the National Army Museum, a workshop was held with World War Two veterans to capture their memories and images with a stunning photographic album by our volunteer photographer Raj Gedhu. Partners: National Army, Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

DRAGON SCHOOL OXFORD

Exactly one hundred years former Dragon School pupil Jackie Smyth won his VC with his ten Sikh supermen. To mark this event, we brought a speaker from the National Army Museum and a member of their WW1 Sikh Regiment re-enactment group to attend the school to recount his story (Smyth himself went back to school in June 1915 to tell his story). Partners: Dragon School, National Army Museum

WAR AND SIKHS - WW1 WORKSHOP

A rare chance to get hands-on with objects from the Sikh experience of WW1. This free community event was held by a team from the National Army Museum's 'War and Sikhs' project in conjunction with UKPHA. A free workshop was held in Hounslow, West London. The drop-in session allowed Gurdwara visitors a chance to try on uniforms and equipment, get close up to original photos and archives, and explore your their connection to the Great War. Partners: National Army, Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

Brighton Marathon & 10K Run

UKPHA volunteers Angad Singh and Satnam Singh ran the Brighton Marathon in full WW1 Sikh soldier's uniform to pay their respects for those who fought and died one hundred years ago. The location was ideal as many wounded soldiers were treated at Brighton hospitals. A further team of UKPHA volunteers, including the founder of ParkRun Paul Sinton-Hewitt, took on the 10K run adding to the festival atmosphere and raising funds for the EFW project. Partners: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

ROYAL PAVILION BRIGHTON

Our outreach went to the heart of the Sikh WW1 story with a visit to the Brighton Pavilion which housed recuperating Indian Army soldiers one hundred years ago. One of our Brighton Marathon runners, Satnam Singh, was on parade dressed as a WW1 Sikh soldier. His dashing appearance attracted the crowds as did our original artefacts and volunteers. Partners: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

BATTLE OF NEUVE CHAPELLE CENTENARY (#2)

This national event was aimed at putting the Indian Army's role firmly on the map. It was attended by UKPHA volunteers and staff who were able to reconnect with the Culture Secretary and various stakeholders and enjoy classical Indian dance performances, poetry readings and the thoughts of schoolchildren on the important role played by the Indian Corps. UKPHA were especially involved in choosing the vintage images which were projected giant-size around the walls of the museum. Partners: Department of Culture Media and Sport, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

CRAWLEY GURDWARA

The EFW roadshow visited Crawley to engage with a local community keen to learn more about its heritage. The combination of Touring Exhibition, outreach materials and willing volunteers allowed them to become more aware of their role in the war and how they can become Citizen Historians. Also included was a kids' 'Trench Zone' and commemorative 'Wall of Remembrance' for the public to post their thoughts. One of the most popular exhibitions ever at the Brunei Gallery which gained international media coverage. Partners: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Crawley

KHALSA PRIMARY SCHOOL

The EFW roadshow met its most enthusiastic audience yet when it travelled to the heart of the community at Slough's Khalsa Primary School. The evening allowed us to engage adults and kids alike with the story of their ancestors which they only knew in passing, if at all. Partners: Khalsa Primary School Slough

ERNST & YOUNG SIKHS GROUP

The EFW Roadshow travelled to London's financial centre with a visit to Ernst & Young where we were hosted by their Sikh Group. As well as the EFW Touring Exhibition and original WW1 artefacts, our volunteers engaged an enthusiastic crowd. Our speakers, Hardeep Bath and Navinder Grover, regaled the audience with selected highlights from the exhibition, shedding light on the untold stories and experiences of Sikh soldiers in the run up to, during and as a consequence of WW1. Partners: Ernst & Young Sikh Association, Kashi House

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM INTERPRETATION WORKSHOP

The National Army Museum invited our volunteers to join their 'Sikhs and War' workshop and help interpret and understand objects from their archives relating to the Sikhs. This was the first in a series of such partnership workshops with NAM where Citizen Historians were able to get up close and personal to original artefacts relating to Sikh military history. This were their chance to help identify, handle and interpret items of historical significance and help bring these objects into the light with new perspectives from within the Sikh community. Partners: National Army Museum

GREENWICH HERITAGE CENTRE

The loan of the Touring Exhibition was launched with a talk by the Project Historian on the story of the Sikhs and World War One. Partners: Greenwich Heritage Centre

TAKE THE BACHELORS TO WAR' (#3)

As part of our Parliamentary Reception we again invited our performers Jasdeep Singh Rahal and Company to perform their moving interpretation of a wartime Punjabi folk song. Their rendition of 'Take the Bachelors to War' was a showstopper highlighting again the role of women on the home front and the sense of separation from men thousands of miles away. Partners:National Army Museum

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

We brought the story of the Sikhs and WW1 to the heart of the Empire with a unique event in the Churchill Room, Parliament. Attended by MPs, Lords, military personnel and civil servants, the keynote speaker was the Culture Secretary Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and a special guard of honour was supplied by the National Army Museum's 'Road to the Trenches' Sikh reenactment troop. Partners:National Army Museum

TAKE THE BACHELORS TO WAR' (#2)

As part of the London City Hall Reception we again invited our performers Jasdeep Singh Rahal and Company to perform their moving interpretation of a wartime Punjabi folk song. As part of the London City Hall Reception we again invited our performers Jasdeep Singh Rahal and Company to perform their moving interpretation of a wartime Punjabi folk song. Partners: Onkar Sahota

LONDON CITY HALL

A special Remembrance Sunday reception was held in 'London's Living Room', City Hall's top floor reception space with stunning panoramic views. Sponsored by Assembly Member for Ealing & Hillingdon Dr Onkar Sahota AM. The other two speakers were Shri. Sukhdev Singh Sidhu, Minister for Coordination from the Indian High Commission and UKPHA Chair Amandeep Madra. Partners: Onkar Sahota

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION RECEPTION

UKPHA Chair Amandeep Madra, Vice Chair Harbakhsh Grewal and Trustee Kanwal Madra were amongst the 2,000 guests for a special gala event commemorating the role of India during the war. It was attended by British and Indian ministers, military personnel, diplomats and veterans - some of whom the team were able to follow up with and capture their ancestor's WW1 stories. Partners: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British High Commission (India)

BBC WORLD WAR ONE AT HOME (#2)

EFW volunteers joined the BBC World War One at Home roadshow at the Great Get Together Festival and Armed Forces Day for two hectic days of awareness raising with the public and schools trips. The team showed off our original handling objects, such as a Sikh soldier's WW1 medals and our interactive game for kids using a replica Sikh soldier's kitbag, and had a huge positive response. Partners:BBC

EMPIRE, FAITH & WAR'

The first ever major exhibition on the Sikhs and WW1. A major exhibition over two floors of a central London gallery showcased stunning original artworks, paintings, photographs, arms and armour as well as original sound recordings and short films to tell the story of the Sikhs from the time of Sikh Empire to their disproportionately large role in WW1. Also included was a kids' 'Trench Zone' and commemorative 'Wall of Remembrance' for the public to post their thoughts. One of the most popular exhibitions ever at the Brunei Gallery which gained international media coverage. Partners: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Kashi House, Heritage Lottery Fund

EXHIBITION LAUNCH 'EMPIRE, FAITH & WAR'

The first ever exhibition on the Sikhs and WW1 was officially opened by the Culture Secretary Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP in front of assembled guests from the worlds of heritage, academia, the Sikh community, students and people from all backgrounds. Topping it off were our young volunteers, dressed in authentic WW1 uniforms, performing an 'armed' guard' for the guests. Partners:Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Kashi House, Heritage Lottery Fund

NO 10 DOWNING STREET RECEPTION

UKPHA member Harbakhsh Grewal attended a special reception in the garden of No.10 Downing Street to commemorate the Great War. The Prime Minister spoke and a special performance by some of the cast from the stage play War Horse capped off a memorable event. Partners: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Kashi House, Heritage Lottery Fund

ACCESS ARCHIVE - THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The final 'Access Archive' workshop included talks about how to do research at Kew as well as at other relevant archives. Citizen Historians had the chance to undertake hands-on research in the reading room as well as to look at original photos and documents about Sikhs in WW1. Partners: The National Archive

ACCESS ARCHIVE - BRITISH LIBRARY

The third 'Access Archive' workshop was held in the India Office Library of the British Library. Our Citizen Historians learned how to get to grips with this incredibly valuable source of data for researching the lives of Sikhs during WW1, including with a behind the scenes tour. Partners: British Library

GURU NANAK DARBAR LONDON

UKPHA volunteer Amrit Kaur Lohia took it upon herself to initiate a talk about the Sikhs and WW1 and our project at her local gurdwara. Taking briefing from the team, she gave an impassioned talk, which included the pre-story of Sikh history and their role in the Great War, and gathered an impressive number of sign-ups to our Citizen Historian scheme. Partners: Guru Nanak Darbar

Warrior Saints: Four Centuries of Sikh Military History (Vol. 1)

The substantially expanded and redesigned edition of the classic Warrior Saints (first published in 1999) for a new generation. Partners: Kashi House · Amandeep Singh Madra (author) · Parmjit Singh (author) · Juga Singh (designer)

PARTNER | ARRIVAL OF THE SOIL

UKPHA Chair Amandeep Madra was invited by the First Minister of the Government of Flanders, Mr Kris Peeters, to witness 'The Arrival of the Soil ceremony'. The soil, collected by British and Belgian schoolchildren from WW1 battle sites of the Western Front and put into 70 sandbags, were placed 'at the heart' of the garden where the words of John McCrae's famous poem, 'In Flanders' Fields', is inscribed. Partners: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PARTNER | VC PAVING STONE UNVEILING

UKPHA volunteer Amrit Kaur Lohia attended the launch of the government's Victoria Cross (VC) Commemorative Paving Stone Campaign. The new paving stone design, which commemorates First World War VC recipients, was unveiled by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP and the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross in over 30 years, Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry. Partners: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PARTNER | LAMBETH PALACE RECEPTION

UKPHA volunteer Amrit Kaur Lohia attended a multi-faith reception hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The event was a celebration of history of the respect for religious diversity in Britain. Amrit was able to speak to attendees including the Director of the British Museum, Mr Neil MacGregor, about the Empire, Faith & War project and the crucial Citizen Historian scheme. For Amrit's personal take on the evening. Partners: Lambeth Palace

Sikh Day

Celebrating Sikh culture with the Warrior Saints touring exhibition and special guided tours for the Immigration Minister. Partners: Home Office Sikh Association · GT1588

Parkash 2012

Celebrating Sikh culture with the Golden Temple of Amritsar touring exhibition and special guided tours for members of the public at one of the largest events in the UK Sikh calendar held over three days. Partners: Guru Nanak Sikh Academy (Hayes) · Nanaksar Trust · GT1588

Rise of the One-Eyed King: An Illustrated History of the Sikh Empire

The remarkable story of Maharaja Ranjit Singh as told through a stunning selection of objects and works of art owned by one of the world’s foremost collectors of Sikh art and heritage. Partners: Goldman Sachs Sikh Sangat Group · GT1588 · Davinder Toor (speaker)

Norwegian Turban Day

Raising awareness of Sikh culture by inviting over 1,000 Norwegians in Oslo to try on Sikh turbans. Partners: Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Oslo · GT1588

Artist in residence programme

Supporting artistic talent through the provision of support for studio hire. Partners: GT1588 · Jatinder Singh Durhailey (artist)

Drifters by Paul Weller

Music video for one of the singles on Weller’s No. 1 album ‘Sonik Kicks’ featuring a Sikh warrior battling against his inner demons. Partners: GT1588 · Ben Jones (director) · Nidar Singh Nihang (performer)

The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (Touring)

Installation of the touring version of the major exhibition for display in community centres across the UK. Partners: Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha · Hounslow · GT1588

The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959)

Expert performances of classical swordsmanship and traditional music followed by a panel session with the team behind the book chaired by journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera. Partners: DSC South Asian Literature Festival · Nehru Centre · Kashi House · GT1588 · Nidar Singh Nihang (performer) · Bhai Ghulam Muhammad Chand (performer) · Amandeep Singh Madra (author) · Parmjit Singh (author) · Juga Singh (designer)

Heart and Soul: The Last Sikh Warrior

Hardeep Singh Kohli tells the extraordinary story of one Sikh master striving to preserve an ancient martial tradition. Partners: BBC World Service · Nidar Singh Nihang (contributor)

The Bhai Chand Rababi Archive

Creating a multimedia archive to document the life story and musical repertoire (classical and folk) of one of the last of the great rababis connected with the Golden Temple who was forced to resettle in Pakistan after the Partition of 1947. Partners: GT1588 · Bhai Ghulam Muhammad Chand (performer) · Jasdeep Singh (archivist)

Music Across Religious Boundaries: The Musical Lineage of Bhai Mardana

First ever UK tour of one of the last exponents of the nearly extinct rababi tradition of kirtan. Partners: Bhai Ghulam Muhammad Chand (performer) · Jasdeep Singh (tour manager / performer) · Economic & Social Research Council · South Asian Arts UK · GT1588

The Guru's Beloved Bards

Expert speakers and performers from the world of academia and classical music introduce the pre-1947 musical traditions of the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Dr. Navtej Purewal (speaker) · Bhai Ghulam Muhammad Chand (performer) · Jasdeep Singh (performer)

The Abode of Warriors

The last of the great Sikh swordsmen and the world’s foremost collector of Sikh art and heritage explore the martial traditions connected with the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Davinder Toor (speaker) · Nidar Singh Nihang (speaker)

Reflections of the Past

The team behind ‘The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959)’ explore the hidden history and design concepts of the famous shrine. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Amandeep Singh Madra (speaker) · Parmjit Singh (speaker) · Juga Singh (speaker)

In Pursuit of Knowledge

Expert speakers explain the lost traditions of classical education that once thrived at the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Harminder Mann (speaker) · Tirath Singh Nirmala (speaker)

Envisioning the Divine

Experts from India and Pakistan reveal the decorative art and architectural traditions of the Golden Temple and the city of Amritsar. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Gurmeet Rai (speaker) · Dr. Nadhra Shahbaz Naeem Khan (speaker) · Dr. Subhashini Aryan (speaker)

A Special Recital

First ever UK performance by talented Sikh spoken word artist from Canada. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · Punjab Restaurant · Humble the Poet (performer)

The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past

A major exhibition exploring the historic Golden Temple of Amritsar through over 80 artefacts and artworks, vintage film footage and a reconstructed model of the temple precincts at its zenith. Partners: The Brunei Gallery · SOAS · GT1588 · bmi · Punjab Restaurant · Foodspeed · Grange Hotels · GSB Building Contractors · Chawla's (efabrics) · Maximus · Onkar Singh Gill & Gurdev Kaur Gill · Harminder Singh Chana · Jodha Family · Rajinder Singh Basi · Hardeep Singh Bath · Surjit Singh Uppal · Puneet Kumar Sharma & Verinder Singh · Jagjit Klar · Gurjinder Singh Jassal · Balbir Singh Sewak · Ekbal Singh · Exotic Superstore · Gills Immigration Law · Dhillon Farms · Image22 · Paul Tatla · Mandair Family

Sikh Fortress Turban

A rare 19th-century turban worn by the Akali-Nihang Sikh warriors specially reconstructed for a modern audience. Partners: British Museum

Sikh Day

Celebrating Sikh culture with the Golden Temple of Amritsar touring exhibition and special guided tours for the Home Secretary and Immigration Minister. Partners: Home Office Sikh Association · GT1588

Pahelwani: The Traditional Wrestling of Punjab

An online resource showcasing the Punjabi wrestling tradition and its famous wrestlers illustrated with vintage images and rare archival film footage. Partners: Asian Health Heritage · Heritage Lottery Fund

Pahelwani: The Traditional Wrestling of Punjab

The story of the rise and fall of traditional Punjabi wrestling told through interviews with veteran Punjabi wrestlers from Pakistan and India, vintage images and rare archival film footage. Partners: Asian Health Heritage · Heritage Lottery Fund

Pahelwani: The Traditional Wrestling of Punjab

A touring exhibition on traditional Punjabi wrestling covering its ancient origins, exponents through the ages and tragic decline following the Partition of Punjab in 1947. Partners: Asian Health Heritage · Heritage Lottery Fund

Hidden Histories of Exploration

A major exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, which offered a new perspective on the Society’s Collections, highlighting the role of local inhabitants and intermediaries in the history of exploration. Partners: Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) · Harbakhsh Grewal (consultant)

Ancient Discoveries: Twisted Weapons of the East

The battle effectiveness of the quoit, an ancient Indian projectile weapon that can sever the limbs of man and beast, is put to the test in a dramatic experiment shot on location in India. Partners: The History Channel · Wild Dream Films · Nidar Singh Nihang (contributor)

Arts in Asia 1500-1900

A day of illustrated talks and performances on the rich artistic and martial heritage of the Sikhs. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · Harbakhsh Grewal (speaker) · Nidar Singh Nihang (speaker)

The Panjabi Manuscripts Cataloguing Project

A union catalogue of Punjabi manuscripts held in UK public collections and covering subjects such as spirituality, medicine, history, philosophy and mythology. Partners: British Library · The Wellcome Trust Library · School of Oriental and African Studies · Cambridge University Library · Trinity College · Cambridge · Bodleian Library · Edinburgh University Library · The John Rylands University Library · Royal Asiatic Society · Heritage Lottery Fund · Eastern Arts Partnership

Maharajas: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts

A major show presenting the world of the maharajas and their extraordinarily rich culture through over 250 magnificent objects. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum

In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib (Vol. 1)

Launch of this landmark book at the House of Commons with a talk by Susan Stronge, senior curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Partners: All Party Parliamentary Group on Punjabis in Britain · Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha · Hounslow · Kashi House · Nidar Singh Nihang (author) · Parmjit Singh (author)

The Punjab: Moving Journeys

An exhibition exploring the region of Punjab through the Society’s collections and the personal perspectives of community groups. Partners: Royal Geographical Society · Undivided India Ex-Servicemen’s Association

Arts in Asia 1500-1900

A day of illustrated talks and performances on the rich artistic and martial heritage of the Sikhs. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · Amandeep Singh Madra (speaker) · Nidar Singh Nihang (speaker)

Weapon Masters: The Deadly Sikh Quoit

A ground-breaking series that explores the history and science of ten weapons of the ancient world, including the ancient Indian projectile weapon that inflicts serious damage with its razor-sharp cutting edge. Partners: Discovery Knowledge · Nidar Singh Nihang (contributor) · Mike Loades (contributor)

In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib (Vol. 1)

A landmark work charting the hidden history of one of the last bastions of early Sikh tradition illustrated with 160 rare images. Partners: Kashi House · Nidar Singh Nihang (author) · Parmjit Singh (author) · Juga Singh (designer)

Punjab History Timeline

Uncovering two thousand years of Punjab‘s history. Partners:

Arts in Asia 1500-1900

A day of illustrated talks and performances on the rich artistic and martial heritage of the Sikhs. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · Amandeep Singh Madra (speaker) · Nidar Singh Nihang (speaker)

Masterpieces of the East: The Golden Throne

Series revealing the stories behind iconic artefacts from the Indian subcontinent, including the golden throne made by a Muslim craftsman for Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · BBC 4

Who Do You Think You Are?

Meera Syal traces her Sikh and Punjabi Roots and discovers that both her grandfathers had campaigned against British rule in India. Partners: BBC 1

Empire & Faith, Kinship & War: Exploring 150 Years of the Anglo-Sikh Relationship

The story of the fascinating relationship between the British and the Sikhs, beginning with the emergence of the Sikh kingdom of Lahore in 1801 to the settling of the Sikh Diaspora in Britain in the twentieth century. Partners: Spinning Wheel Film Festival (Toronto · Canada)

Empire, Faith & Kinship: Exploring 150 years of the Anglo-Sikh Relationship

An online exhibition exploring the fascinating relationship between the British and the Sikhs, beginning with the emergence of the Sikh kingdom of Lahore in 1801 to the settling of the Sikh Diaspora in Britain in the twentieth century. Partners: Awards for All

Punjab Heritage Lecture Series

Online resource of a selection of the ‘Sikh Arts and Heritage’ lecture series. Partners: Heritage Lottery Fund

I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion

The first ever Sikh art exhibition mounted in New York. Partners: Rubin Museum of Art · New York · Sikh Art & Film Foundation · The Sikh Foundation

Punjab Heritage News

Daily news digest on the state of Punjab’s fabulously rich but often fragile material heritage. Partners:

Mayor's Commission on African and Asian Heritage

Helping shape the mayor’s culture strategy by investigating the needs of Black and Asian community-based heritage organisations and assessing the priorities and working practices of key heritage institutions, such as museums and archives, to determine how they are serving the needs of African-Caribbean and Asian Londoners. Partners: Mayor of London

Sikhs in French History

Helping explain the importance of the Sikh turban to French policy makers by highlighting Sikh contributions to France’s freedom during the World Wars. Partners: United Sikhs

Punjab Archive: Punjabis in the Press

An online archive of over 500 sheets of illustrated newspapers highlighting nineteenth-century journalism on Punjabi Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, including extensive coverage of the Anglo-Sikh wars and the Punjabi contribution to the development of the British Empire in military campaigns in Europe and across Asia. Partners:Awards for All · private collector

Blue Plaque for Maharaja Duleep Singh

Highlighting 53 Holland Park as a national landmark, as the London residence of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the exiled last Sikh king of Lahore. Partners: English Heritage

Celebrating Vaisakhi

Insights into the history and traditions of the Sikhs for visitors to the heart of Coventry. Partners: CV One · European Regional Development

Anglo-Sikh Wars

New display of Sikh weapons, mannequins and textiles. Partners: Ipswich Borough Council Museums & Galleries · Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail

Steel and Gold: Indo-Persian Arms & Armour

Expert speakers discuss aspects of Indo-Persian arms and armour including design, manufacture, decoration, conservation and battlefield usage. Partners: Wallace Collection

New Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, including key Sikh personalities, Maharaja Duleep Singh and Udham Singh. Partners: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Beyond Belief: 'Militarism'

A discussion on the military traditions of the Muslim, Christian and Sikh faiths. Partners: BBC Radio 4

Sicques, Tigers, or Thieves: Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs (1606-1809)

The earliest western accounts of the Sikhs from the perspective of soldiers, travellers, diplomats, missionaries, and scholars that offers fascinating insights into early developments in Sikh history, culture and practice. Partners: Palgrave Macmillan · Heritage Lottery Fund · Amandeep Singh Madra (author) · Parmjit Singh (author)

Sikh Cyber Museum

An online virtual museum that focuses on Anglo-Sikh relations over the past 300 years. Partners: Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham · Heritage Lottery Fund

Sikh Arts and Heritage

Regional series of twenty-eight illustrated talks presented by ten leading researchers, scholars, practitioners and conservators delivered in four venues. Partners: National Museum of Photography · Film & Television · Bradford · Redbridge Museum · Leicester City Museums · Paul Robeson Theatre · Hounslow · Heritage Lottery Fund

Anglo Sikh Heritage Consultative Conference

Bringing together national heritage organisations, funding bodies and community groups in a major conference to consider the scope, funding and delivery of a nationwide Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust

Connections/Disconnections: Sustaining Sikh Audiences

Presenting a paper at a gathering of national and international experts on the relationship between museums, collections and communities. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum

Sikh Arts and Heritage

Second series of seven illustrated talks presented by leading researchers, scholars, practitioners and conservators. Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum · Awards for All

From Jawans to Generals: Loyal Allies Proud Britons

A photographic exhibition on the contribution of Sikh Soldiers in the World Wars. Partners: English Heritage · Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust · Wellington Arch · Hyde Park

Aspects of Sikh Heritage: Imagery of Maharajah Ranjit Singh

An illustrated talk delivered at a conference marking the 200th birth centennial of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. Partners: Hofstra University · Amandeep Singh Madra (speaker)

Co-founder and Chair receives OBE

UKPHA's Chair and co-founder, Amandeep Madra awarded an OBE in the June 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. Amandeep's award is for services to Punjabi and Sikh heritage and culture.

Eyes of India

One hundred years ago Kiplings final work relating to the subcontinent was published. A century on the Indian soldiers of World War One are remembered as The Eyes of Asia is reissued with an extensive Introduction by Charles Allen. Partners: National Army Museum · Kashi House

The Turban Bus Dispute

UKPHA Chair, Amandeep Madra joins journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera as he returns to his hometown of Wolverhampton where a battle raged over the right to wear the turban on the buses in Enoch Powell's constituency at the time he made his Rivers of Blood speech. Partners: BBC Radio 4

Co-founder and Chair receives OBE

UKPHA's Chair and co-founder, Amandeep Madra awarded an OBE in the June 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. Amandeep's award is for services to Punjabi and Sikh heritage and culture.

Eyes of India

One hundred years ago Kiplings final work relating to the subcontinent was published. A century on the Indian soldiers of World War One are remembered as The Eyes of Asia is reissued with an extensive Introduction by Charles Allen. Partners: National Army Museum · Kashi House

The Turban Bus Dispute

UKPHA Chair, Amandeep Madra joins journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera as he returns to his hometown of Wolverhampton where a battle raged over the right to wear the turban on the buses in Enoch Powell's constituency at the time he made his Rivers of Blood speech. Partners: BBC Radio 4

My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

"UKPHA worked with the production team to gather stories and experiences from the 1947 Partition of Punjab during the research phase of the documentary series. People shared frank, heartbreaking and horrific stories from the trauma caused by the partitioning of Punjab in the last days of British Raj. We hope that the 2017 documentary goes some way to educating a new generation on Britons on their collective past." Partners: BBC, Wall to Wall Media &middo Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

My Family, Partition and Me. BBC Documentary

Worked with the production company to look for compelling stories from the Sikh and Punjabi community to be included in this documentary Partners: BBC · Wall to Wall Media · Sri Gur Singh Sabha (Alice Way)

Launch of the new National Army Museum

Contributed to video installations and worked in partnership between the NAM and UKPHA in running workshops with the Sikh community to re-tie and interpret the dastar bunga and prepare it for display. Partners: National Army Museum

Family Day at the Lockwood Kipling Exhibtion

"The V&A's Lockwood Kipling exhibition on the arts and crafts of Punjab heavily features the work of famed architect Bhai Ram Singh. On the opening day we had the pleasure of organising a private tour for his family including his grandson Sant Singh Sohal. Our expert guide was Dr Sandra Kemp, lead researcher for this magnificent exhibition who kindly took time out on her day off to show us round and also present Sant Singh with a copy of the wonderful exhibition book." Partners: Victoria & Albert Museum

Launch of The Tartan Turban by John Keay

UKPHA sponsor the publication of the Tartan Turban by the veteran historian John Keay. Charting the remarkable biography of Alexander Gardner in his life as a central Asian traveller and later a central figure in Ranjit Singh's court of Lahore. The book was launched in front of a packed crowd at Ernst & Young's London offices. Partners: Ernst & Young Sikh Association

Outreach Day with the NAM and Hounslow Gurdwara

A Great day of outreach on Sunday with our superb volunteers and partners from the National Army Museum at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow drumming up interest in Remembrance Day & the Indian & Sikh WW1 contribution Partners: National Army Museum · Sri Guru Singh Sabha Hounslow

Wreath to Sikh soldiers at the Commonwealth memorial Gates Event

An annual ceremony at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in London marks the Commonwealth contribution to the World Wars. The gates commemorate the armed forces of the British Empire from Africa, the Caribbean and the five regions of the Indian subcontinent who served in the First and Second World Wars. We were delighted to have the talented spoken word artist and educator Jaspreet Kaur Sangha, represent us at this ceremony. Partners: Memorial Gates Foundation, Behind the Netra