Track Record

For 20 years UKPHA has engaged with local communities to celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of the Punjab. Explore some of the highlights below.
2014

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
2014

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
2013

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)
2013

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
2013

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
2013

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
2012

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
2012

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
2012

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)
2012

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
2012

Artist in residence programme

Supporting artistic talent through the provision of support for studio hire. Partners: GT1588 · Jatinder Singh Durhailey (artist)
2012

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)
2012

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
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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)
2011

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
2011

Sikh Fortress Turban

A rare 19th-century turban worn by the Akali-Nihang Sikh warriors specially reconstructed for a modern audience. Partners: British Museum
2011

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
2010

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
2010

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
2010

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
2009

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)
2009

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)
2009

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)
2009

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
2009

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
2009

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)