Sikh culture on display

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The National Museum of Scotland is displaying work by volunteers from Glasgow’s rich and varied Sikh Community for the next couple of weeks.

Work by the Young Sikh Leaders Network from Glasgow Gurdwara will focus on the story of Maharaja Duleep Singh - widely regarded as the first Sikh resident in the UK - will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland until 1 April. National Museums Scotland received £16,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, entitled Panjab Connections.

The group have created three films inspired by the life of the Maharaja Duleep Singh, his early separation from his mother and the experiences of Scottish Sikhs today. They have also made jewellery inspired by objects once worn by the Maharaja which are now in National Museums’ collections, and taken photographs of members of Scotland’s Sikh community.

Charandeep Singh, from Young Sikh Leaders Network said: “Collaborating with National Museums Scotland on this project has been a truly rewarding experience.

“By learning new skills to explore our rich heritage, we are proud to showcase the experiences and values of the Scottish Sikh community through Panjab Connections. Its inspiring message of community, family and roots will play a vital role in promoting Scotland’s rich history and links with Panjab.”

Lucy Casot from the Scottish Lottery Fund, said:“We are enthusiastic about this.”