In February 2015 Karen-Emma White from Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life will be travelling to the Punjab region on a British Council bursary as part of the Connections through Culture Project.
The aim of this visit is to explore how the story of Maharajah Duleep Singh and his family is told in East Anglia and the Punjab. To exchange ideas on interpreting Anglo Sikh/Indian Culture within a museum setting to a wider audience using formal and informal learning sessions, a virtual exhibition and textile workshops. Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life is the early stages of fundraising and planning the redevelop one of the rooms as a new Duleep Singh Gallery.
Karen will working with The Ranjit Singh Museum, The Sikh Museum at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Government Art Gallery & Museum and The Punjab Digital Library in Chandigarh. Each museum will extend their knowledge and understanding and ability to engage visitors from other cultures with this internationally important story. Karen has also been given access to the Singh Sandhanwalia family’s private Duleep Singh archive.
Interest in Karen’s visit has grown and thanks to the help of Sikh historian Peter Bance and Damandeep Singh Sandhanwalia, the Director of Culture, Heritage & Tourism has granted access to areas not normally accessible to visitors. In Chandigarh, with the help of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, Karen will be accompanied by Dr Aujla.
During Karen’s visit she will also be visiting the Gobindgarh Fort, a textile centre, delivery a talk at the prestigious Khalsa College and working with a group of children from the International Fateh Academy.
During 2015 Ancient House Museum will continue to working towards raising £50,000 towards the new Duleep Singh Gallery. To help the museum reach this goal, donations can be made via the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation.
For more information on the Foundation please visit the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation page