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14 July 1852 - Know more about the Anglo Sikh Wars and South Asian heritage

1. Sikh Museum Initiative

The Sikh Museum Initiative focuses on bringing Sikh history alive through the exploration of Sikh relics and artefacts that can be found in the UK. They actively work with public institutions as well as private individuals to ensure these valuable artefacts are given exposure to the mainstream public.

Links to their projects: Anglo Sikh Wars –

Anglo Sikh Museum –

2. Kashmir Untold – Kashmir Untold is a non-political digital repository of oral history and material culture of different communities from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, divided between India, Pakistan and China. The archive attempts to re-present Kashmir by exca ating memories buried within heirlooms, collectibles, mundane everyday artefacts and objects of antiquity. Read more about tangible heritage, material memory and South Asian History through the digital museum.

3. The British and The Sikhs

The Sikh Confederacy consisting of military units or Misls rose from the ashes of the crumbling Mughal Empire in the eighteenth century. As a result, under the leadership of General Baghel Singh they conquered the Red Fort of Delhi in 1783 leading to the Sikh Empire being formed in the Punjab under Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1801. During this time the East India Company also expanded its frontiers and territories, witnessing the rise and the progression of the Sikhs. This was coupled with the influx of Christian Missionaries who came to convert the Sikhs into the British way of thinking. The two Empires were destined to clash and the Anglo Sikh Wars of 1845-1849 witnessed some of the bloodiest battles Victoria’s Britain fought, with major losses on both sides. The annexation of the Punjab led to the employment of the Sikhs into the British Indian Army. This led to the Sikhs becoming part of many British campaigns, including their major contributions in the First and Second World Wars. This book weaves the reader through anecdotes and important events highlighting the relationship between the British and the Sikhs which exists to this day. In this deeply-researched book, Mann uses rare anecdotes to provide recognition to early descriptions from British administrators, writers and illustrators who depicted the history of the Sikhs and the land of the Punjab. The book is also supplemented with a number of Anglo Sikh treaties which determined relations in the Nineteenth century.

4. Lost Heer Project – The Lost Heer Project documents the voices of women from colonial Punjab from 1849 to 1947. Through storytelling, oral histories, family anecdotes, popular bazaar literature (a genre of literature in Panjab that was kept alive through the use of kissas), song and various other writings, the idea to work on this project came to me because I believed that there was a disproportionate lack of representation of women as seen through hundreds of years of Punjabi history.

5. Amarpal Singh Sidhu – Amarpal Singh Sidhu is a military historian, author and a renowned scholar of Sikh History and heritage. He has written two books on the Anglo-Sikh Wars and a third one on the Siege of Delhi.

6.  Ramblings of a Sikh – Ramblings of a Sikh, is a history blog by Mr. Amar Singh that explores Indian and Sikh history from homeland to diaspora, explored through various first and second hand historical resources and archival imagery.

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