Free Entry for the "Empire of the Sikhs" Exhibition - Brunei Gallery
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Free Entry for the "Empire of the Sikhs" Exhibition - Brunei Gallery

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Found 12th Aug
A major exhibition featuring a glittering collection of stunning objects and works of art that reveal the remarkable story of the Sikh Empire, and the European and American adventurers who served it.

The story will be told through an array of over a hundred works of art and objects from leading private collections and major institutions, including stunning jewellery and weaponry belonging to a number of historic figures.

A Golden Age of Empire

Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who became known as Sher-e-Punjab, the Lion of Punjab, over his forty-year reign, forged a fabulously rich empire encompassing a vast swathe of territory from the Khyber Pass across Punjab and Kashmir to the Tibet border.

Western visitors spoke of the splendour and dazzling displays of wealth on show at the Court of Lahore. The finery was matched by the development of a formidable army on par with that of the East India Company.

The Lion's Firangis

The Sikh ruler was able to rise above communal prejudices, treating his subjects on an equal footing. Competent individuals from all backgrounds – Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish – occupied senior posts as advisors, administrators, courtiers, generals and governors.

These included close to a hundred European and American adventurers and military men - known as 'firangis' (foreigners) - who helped modernise Maharaja Ranjit Singh's armed forces and administer the vast kingdom.

This gave rise to what was probably the most cosmopolitan court in the world at that time.


EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30 - 17:00
Late night Thursday until 20:00
Closed: Mondays and Bank Holidays

ADMISSION
Free entry

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Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
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27 Comments
Why is this being voted cold? It's free!
Looks to be very interesting. Heat from me.
Not possible for me to go but heat for the post.
Heat from me too.
Sadly too far to travel, but sounds interesting. Heat from me, OP!
Hot here too. Pity such exhibitions rarely move away from London venues.
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Can't get there but like other people it sounds very interesting.
Heat from me for though.
Thanks for the info!
Thanks.8)
Messiah43 m ago

Why is this being voted cold? It's free!


It's not Banksy
Much appreciated OP!!!
great post. thank you. WJKK/WJKF
will go next time i'm down london, Great post TY ... Hot from me
Now imagine if that was Mughal or other such empire. Propped up by the British, stooges of the Raj
Might go on thursday, as it is open til late
Nice to see lots of interest in this.

I also recommend one of the free guided tours that are available, details here:

empireofthesikhs.com/gui…rs/
Messiah5 h, 33 m ago

Why is this being voted cold? It's free!



C*n*s.
Its a matter of choice how someone votes
didn't know this was on, thanks for posting will definitely pop down, love the fact its free!!!! typical indian!!!
Awesome!
Hot
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Or just visit Southall.
Messiah13 h, 51 m ago

Why is this being voted cold? It's free!


Roasting from where I'm standing. 642° Have a little patience.
xenophon7 h, 3 m ago

Roasting from where I'm standing. 642° Have a little patience.


Wasn't asking why this is cold. Glad it warmed up though
No idea this gallery existed, thanks OP! Perhaps add London to the title?
sound very informative, I love looking at artefact that taken back to different eras, shall try to vist this for sure
Messiah12th Aug

Why is this being voted cold? It's free!

Just took time for people's goodness to come out
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