For the first time ever, a hidden era of British and Sikh history will be coming alive through a unique exhibition in Leicester. The project will showcase relics that have been 3D modelled and will use augmented reality technology to bring alive the story of the battles and treaties from the Anglo Sikh Wars that took place from 1845 – 1849.
The wars were fought between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company through a number of battles leading to the annexation of the Punjab in 1849. These battles took place in India and Pakistan where the British were led by generals who had fought in many military campaigns, like the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), whilst the Sikhs were led by remnants of the Sikh Armies created by Maharajah Ranjit Singh (1780-1839).
The exhibition tells the story of the battles through a number of artefacts which were captured by British regiments including swords, manuscripts, paintings and other objects from the battlefields. With the annexation of the Punjab in 1849, Maharaja Duleep Singh became a ward of the British and the famous Kohinoor diamond was prized from the Sikhs as part of the Treaty of Lahore. The Kohinoor was later put on display in the great Exhibition of 1851 in London; a 3D interactive of the diamond will be one of the highlights of the exhibition.
There will also be a parallel display at the University of Leicester from March to April where copies of the London Illustrated News and other publications can be viewed from the period.
The Sikh Museum Initiative is a Leicester based organisation which works with museums, galleries and private collectors to bring Sikh relics and artefacts into the open for the public to see. To find out more, visit www.anglosikhwars.com and www.sikhmuseum.org.uk