A little History of the Sikhs

A little History of the Sikhs Walking Tours in London, Day Trips to the South East of England and Study Visits across Europe

Walking Tours in London, Day Trips to the South East of England and Study Visits across the UK and European destinations. Anglo-Sikh and Sikh History Presentations to Punjabi School classes, Sikhi Camps, Corporate Networks and at Academic Conferences to present research to wider audiences. More information on tours, presentations and research can be found at: www.alittlehistoryofthesikhs.org

Sikh History on the Streets of CroydonJoin us for an enlightening presentation on the Sikh contribution to Croydon, a cr...
14/10/2023

Sikh History on the Streets of Croydon

Join us for an enlightening presentation on the Sikh contribution to Croydon, a creative showcase by young Croydon Sikhs and a display by our artist community at Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower Complex, Katherine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX on Saturday 4 November 2023, from 12noon to 4pm.

For free (limited) tickets, please book via:

https://alittlehistoryofthesikhs.org/events/sikh-history-art-showcase/

07/10/2023
Delighted to have been invited to join members of the Kapany family at a small private event to unveil a new portrait in...
04/10/2023

Delighted to have been invited to join members of the Kapany family at a small private event to unveil a new portrait in the Council Room at 170 Queen's Gate, Imperial College.

The guide to the painting reads, "Narinder Singh Kapany joined Imperial College in 1952 as a PhD. student of Harold Hopkins. He researched transmissions of images via fibre optics for which his PhD was awarded in 1955........Kapany first used the term fibre optics in a Scientific American article in November 1960, and his work laid the foundation for endoscopy, pollution and medical monitoring, diagnoses, imaging, computing and high-speed internet technology.....

Artist: Keith Holmes 2023 with Dr Kapany in a standing pose with equipment from a 1950s photograph with a background creation of his equations"

Source: thr Portraits Guide to the Council Room, 170 Queen's Gate by Anne Barrett, Archives and Corporate Records Unit.

After running our South Kensington tours and incorporating the story of Dr. Kapany, outside the college for the last decade, we today were kindly offered access to the Council Room for future tours.


Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara , Croydon, is working with A little History of the Sikhs to research Sikh & Panjab history...
27/09/2023

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara , Croydon, is working with A little History of the Sikhs to research Sikh & Panjab history and heritage via the streets of Croydon and neighbouring areas.

On 23 September 2023, Rav presented his research to bring stories from Sikh and Panjab history alive through buildings, artefacts and events that are found across Croydon, including The East India Military Seminary in Addiscombe, the stories behind the roads named after Officers of the East India Company and pilot Manmohan Singh at Croydon Airport.

The attendees at the Gurdwara workshop are now working on the creative phase of the project, interpreting this history through creative sessions delivered by local artist, PiNS.

Our Sikh Heritage Day at Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower Complex, will present this research and creative work on Saturday, 4 November 2023. All are welcome to book their tickets via:

https://alittlehistoryofthesikhs.org/events/sikh-history-art-showcase/

Historic Royal Palaces Podcast - Saturday 23 September 2023The Indian Army at the Palace - Part 1with  of the   Rav Sing...
24/09/2023

Historic Royal Palaces Podcast - Saturday 23 September 2023

The Indian Army at the Palace - Part 1
with of the Rav Singh of in conversation with of

Thank you to Claudia for all the work to make this happen!

Stories from Sikh History on the streets of Croydon later today, with Akhand Jaap in progress!Croydon Gurdwara
23/09/2023

Stories from Sikh History on the streets of Croydon later today, with Akhand Jaap in progress!

Croydon Gurdwara

Message from Croydon Gurdwara
*J*p Ji Sahib Akhand Jaap* is happening now until 6pm please all come

Also

*Special Workshop today at 5pm* in Langar Hall by “A Little History of Sikhs”

Please all join us for an amazing day today

A little History of the Sikhs

19/09/2023

More location based stories from our lead, Zakira...

The Indian Army at the Palace exhibition now open at Hampton Court Palace

Unstruck Melody is a collaboration between British-born Canadian artist Nirbhai (Nep) Singh Sidhu and UK arts organisati...
18/09/2023

Unstruck Melody is a collaboration between British-born Canadian artist Nirbhai (Nep) Singh Sidhu and UK arts organisation Without Shape Without Form. They bring together their practices of spirituality and transferring knowledge into a newly conceived installation. Artworks, including tapestry, sculpture, and film, create moments of self-discovery through contemporary Sikh teachings while exploring their impact on design now. 

18 September 2023 – 15 October 2023

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Prince Consort Gallery, Level 2

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/QZQZEW3Gep/ldf-sept-2023-nep-sidhu

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, Prince Consort Gallery, Level 2

Deeper @ Friday Late's, V&AFollow the rhythm to set inward travel in motion. Vocalist Roba El-Essawy (aka MidnightRoba) ...
18/09/2023

Deeper @ Friday Late's, V&A

Follow the rhythm to set inward travel in motion. Vocalist Roba El-Essawy (aka MidnightRoba) and musician Miles Spilsbury will play in response to Simran (a focused practice for the mind) by Charanjot Kaur - activating an immersive soundscape that evokes a state of peace and clarity. Sit back and enjoy or participate.

The event will also feature a talk by the artist Nirbhai (Nep) Singh Sidhu and curator Deep K Kailey of Unstruck Melody, who discuss Simran, Seva (selfless service) and Sangat (community of practice) which centres their practice

Friday 22 September 2023, 18:30 - 22:00

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Raphael, Room 48a, Level 0 , Everyone is welcome. Free to attend.

https://www.withoutshapewithoutform.com/deeper

Thursday 14th September 2023 - Launch of The Indian Army at the Palace. Our collaboration as community curators of an ex...
17/09/2023

Thursday 14th September 2023 -
Launch of The Indian Army at the Palace.

Our collaboration as community curators of an exhibition that explores the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century with unseen objects, photographs, film, and personal stories.

16/09/2023

in 1843 5-year-old Duleep Singh became the last Maharajah of the Punjab.
Learn more at our Norfolk Heritage Open Days today (16 September) with exhibitions, costumed characters and more.
Heritage Open Days

15/09/2023
13/09/2023

A glimpse what we have been up to since February 2021. The Indian Army at the Palace Exhibition opens on 15 September 2023 for 6 months.

Our 'Sikh History at the Palace' Community Days will include tours to Faraday House and other Sikh and Panjabi stories the Palace holds.

More information soon!

A lovely afternoon at Khalsa Jatha British Isle welcoming visitors to the Gurdwara Sahib as part of Open House 2023. Bob...
10/09/2023

A lovely afternoon at Khalsa Jatha British Isle welcoming visitors to the Gurdwara Sahib as part of Open House 2023.

Bobby Bhasin of invited to support this event, and we worked together to organise 3 sessions, incorporating:

- Our video on Sikh History on the streets of North Kensington
- A presentation on Sikhi and visiting the Gurdwara
- A showcase of the Rekindling Pothohar pop-up exhibition and a display on the tours of A little History of the Sikhs
- A tour of the Gurdwara Sahib and an invitation for each group to join the sangat with Langar

Thank you to for supporting the event and to for organising.


Highlights from our event at Crystal Palace Museum for residents of the local boroughs.Thank you to SGSS Croydon Gurdwar...
07/09/2023

Highlights from our event at Crystal Palace Museum for residents of the local boroughs.

Thank you to SGSS Croydon Gurdwara and South London Sikh Youth for their support. A presentation, a tour and creative workshop to learn of stories from Sikh and Punjab History with History Speak

A series of events this September at the Victoria and Albert Museum, including Unstruck Melody by Without Shape Without ...
06/09/2023

A series of events this September at the Victoria and Albert Museum, including Unstruck Melody by Without Shape Without Form

*UNSTRUCK MELODY- NEW LONDON SIKH ART EXHIBIT*

From 16th September the world famous V&A Museum hosts a collaborative Sikh exhibit by the Without Shape Without Form group and Canada based artist Nep Sidhu, showcasing tapestry, sculpture, film and more.

See more info-
https://www.withoutshapewithoutform.com/unstruckmelody (link in stories)


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As 15 September 2023 approaches we look forward to launching our first formal partnership, as community curators of The ...
03/09/2023

As 15 September 2023 approaches we look forward to launching our first formal partnership, as community curators of The Indian Army at the Palace at Hampton Court Palace. Our work in 2021 and 2022 is on our website and culminates in The Indian Army at the Palace, which will run for nearly six months.

We will launch our Heritage Day Programme for community group visits soon!

Tejpal Singh Ralmill Ian Timothy Franklin

Highlights from our collaboration with  and  to deliver an afternoon of little histories, a tour, and a creative worksho...
02/09/2023

Highlights from our collaboration with and to deliver an afternoon of little histories, a tour, and a creative workshop.

Thank you to and for the community conversation event, to for hosting and to sangat, local individuals and families and for their support and attendance.

Extracts from a book in our Print Collection.  I was actually looking for some insights into the early Sikh community in...
30/08/2023

Extracts from a book in our Print Collection. I was actually looking for some insights into the early Sikh community in Liverpool but spent a morning reading through books I haven't touched for many months in our little library.

Sharing some interesting observations by A W Helweg in his book published in 1980 on Sikh Migration.

Memory Studies Association, 7th Annual Conference Community & Change, Newcastle UniversityRoundtable, Special Session: T...
27/08/2023

Memory Studies Association, 7th Annual Conference Community & Change, Newcastle University

Roundtable, Special Session: The Coloniality and Decolonising of Memory, with colleagues from the Migrant Memory and Post-colonial Imagination Project (www.memoriesofpartition.co.uk) from Loughborough University: Partition at 75 - the role of art and culture in postcolonial memory after Partition.

Highlights from our Sikh History Tour - South Kensington, Hyde Park and the Kensington Palace Community CelebrationPart ...
27/08/2023

Highlights from our Sikh History Tour - South Kensington, Hyde Park and the Kensington Palace Community Celebration

Part II - Learning about Dr Narinder Singh and Satinder Kaur Kapany at Imperial College London, South Kensington. Introducing stories from the life of the inventor, who is known as 'The Father of Fibre Optics' in the world of Science, and the foremost collector of Sikh Art over the last five decades through the Sikh Foundation.

Stories of his work, time in London, and visits to the Khalsa Jatha UK at 79 Sinclair Road, North Kensington, all told by co-lead Bobby Bhasin

Highlight from our Sikh History Tour - South Kensington, Hyde Park and the Kensington Palace Community CelebrationPart I...
27/08/2023

Highlight from our Sikh History Tour - South Kensington, Hyde Park and the Kensington Palace Community Celebration

Part I - Exploring stories from Sikh History at the Albert Memorial, Hyde Park, London, with tales of the Kohinoor, the Great Exhibition of 1851 and Queen Victora, with co-guide Ajunee.

Thank you to  for the invitation to join their project earlier this year to curate and support the team to develop the "...
17/08/2023

Thank you to for the invitation to join their project earlier this year to curate and support the team to develop the "Empire and Partition Heritage Trail - Westminster Edition." Really enjoyed being a Research lead on the heritage Trail, and the team have produced a wonderful resource, which I know we at A little History of the Sikhs will be putting to use in our Westminster Tours.

Many congratulations to Saadiya Ahmed, founder of and her team on the event yesterday at City Hall.

Event: Sikh History stories and creative workshop related to The World on the Upper Terrace at the Invisible Palace, Cry...
16/08/2023

Event: Sikh History stories and creative workshop related to The World on the Upper Terrace at the Invisible Palace, Crystal Palace Park

Wednesday, 30 August 2023
11am (prompt) – 1.30pm UK time

At: Crystal Palace Museum, Anerley Hill, SE19 2BA

Contribution: £3 per adult / £2 per child (U16s)

Only x16 spaces available.

Following your booking, information & instructions will be shared in a WhatsApp group. All ticket booking sales will be donated to the Crystal Palace Museum.

Book your family places via:
www.alittlehistoryofthesikhs.org

13/08/2023
Pin-drop silence and attention for 30 minutes, as the 11+ and 15+ groups absorbed Episode 1 of Stuff the British Stole -...
10/08/2023

Pin-drop silence and attention for 30 minutes, as the 11+ and 15+ groups absorbed Episode 1 of Stuff the British Stole - 'The Jewel of Denial', the Sikh story of the Kohinoor Diamond. I have watched this many times now, but now focus on witnessing the story being embedded in the hearts and minds of our future generations - I watch them listen, absorb and feel the story that is presented in this 30-minute episode, and this is all thanks to the team behind .

The documentary presents the story of the Kohinoor Diamond, the Lahore Kingdom (Sikh Empire), Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Maharaja Duleep Singh and Maharani Jind Kaur, the British East India Company, the Great Exhibition of 1851 and Queen Victoria. The series is available on the ABC iView and CBC Apps in Australia and Canada, and thanks to the production teams, we have permission to screen the episode for education purposes with our work at A little History of the Sikhs.

For those interested in colonial history, please do look up the original podcast 'Stuff The British Stole', which is available on all usual platforms, and the series which may appear in the UK in the future. Wishing all the best for Series 2 which was recently announced.

SLSY Gurmat Camp 2023Highlights of an interactive 'Stamps and their Sikh stories' museum session for the 8-11 group at t...
10/08/2023

SLSY Gurmat Camp 2023

Highlights of an interactive 'Stamps and their Sikh stories' museum session for the 8-11 group at the , Gurdwara Sahib, Woolwich

The young campers were able to select a stamp that they liked, describe it, learn the Sikh story, share it with the group, and place it on our world map!  A session where we explored stories of Sikhs and Sikhi from Holland, Palau, Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, Germany, the UK, Bhutan, Kenya, Canada, Mozambique, Malaysia and India.  A session where we aim to combine geography, art, culture, and a little history!

Sikh History Walk – Hyde Park & Kensington PalaceFriday 18th August 2023, 11am – 2pmThe tour will commence from South Ke...
28/07/2023

Sikh History Walk – Hyde Park & Kensington Palace

Friday 18th August 2023, 11am – 2pm

The tour will commence from South Kensington Station, visit the Sikh Kingdom Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and walk through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace.  

Histories of the Sikh Kingdom, Maharajah Duleep Singh, Queen Victoria, and the Kohinoor Diamond will be shared. The tour will finish at 2 pm, where you are free to explore Kensington Palace.  


Highlights of our presentations on the Maharanee's and Princesses of Kapurthala, Punjab, with a focus on Princess Helen ...
26/07/2023

Highlights of our presentations on the Maharanee's and Princesses of Kapurthala, Punjab, with a focus on Princess Helen Rundheer Singh Ahluwalia and Maharanee Henriette Melvina Rundheer Singh, both buried in Doddinghurst, Brentwood. Our presentations were part of the Global Village Doddinghurst by Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

A lovely event yesterday in Doddinghurst, Brentwood.  Thank you to all those who came out to support and enjoy the Globa...
24/07/2023

A lovely event yesterday in Doddinghurst, Brentwood. Thank you to all those who came out to support and enjoy the Global Village Doddinghurst. Our work with Essex Cultural Diversity Project continues to grow, where we given the opportunity to share the story of Princess Helen Rundheer Singh Ahluwalia, Doddinghurst's very own Princess from Punjab.

www.helenahluwalia.com

Anglo Punjab Heritage Foundation
All Saints, Doddinghurst
Circus Raj

Sharing highlights of a corporate event with Barclays Sikh Forum, where the members wished to explore 'Sikh History arou...
23/07/2023

Sharing highlights of a corporate event with Barclays Sikh Forum, where the members wished to explore 'Sikh History around the World'.

An interactive online session from 1CP, Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf, with attendees from offices across the UK/home.  The group were able to pick a country, and we were then able to share little histories. We visited France, Malta, Egypt, Mexico, Sweden, Scotland, J*pan, China, Malaysia, Kenya, Italy amongst many!

Thank you once again to Barclays for the invitation to share our work and kick off a busy month of bookings with corporate clients as part of SAHM2023.

Bookings are available throughout the year for a range of presentations for corporate audiences, with bespoke and our research presentation available to align with your corporate objectives for faith and diversity networks.



Highlights from The Festival of Thetford and Punjab, 7-8-9 July 2023We had the opportunity to explore the Views of Elved...
21/07/2023

Highlights from The Festival of Thetford and Punjab, 7-8-9 July 2023

We had the opportunity to explore the Views of Elveden Collection of Photographs at Thetford Library.





Highlights from our   City East Tour (Part II) exploring Sikh History at the Tower of London, 25 June 2023.Our tour of S...
20/07/2023

Highlights from our City East Tour (Part II) exploring Sikh History at the Tower of London, 25 June 2023.

Our tour of Sikh History in Spitalfields and the East End, finished with entry to the Tower of London, where the new Crown Jewels Display includes the story of the Kohinoor.

Thank you to all those who joined us on a bright sunny day and supported our event as part of the

With thanks to Sunny Rai .lens.london for the photography

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