Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK
University of Leicester

On Tuesday 8th March 2016, the University of Leicester’s Sikh Society and the Sikh Museum Initiative(SMI)  proudly presented a a double guest speaker event.

The first speaker: Harry Singh, spoke about the ‘Revolutionary Spiritualism of Guru Nanak to Evolutionary Sikhism of Guru Gobind Singh’. He alluded to the simple philosophy of Guru Nanak as well as giving special reference to the Vaisakhi story.

The second speaker was head of the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) Gurinder Singh Mann (Sikh historian and author) who gave an important presentation on Sikh Relics and Artefacts in the UK. He discussed the following points in the presentation:

* How sikh relics came to the UK from the Punjab
* Different types of Sikh manuscripts in the UK: with reference to early Guru Granth Sahib recensions.
* The first English translations of Sikh works.
* The importance of the Koh-I-Noor diamond
* The lost Shastars of Guru Gobind Singh
* The growth in sales of sikh artefacts and relics in the UK
* Aims and objectives of the SMI

A further discussion took place with the audience in terms of whether the Koh-i-noor diamond should remain in the UK. As well as the discussion of provenance of Sikh relics.

Gurinder Singh Mann discusses the Golden Chair of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

The talks were enjoyed by all those attended and pizza was served by the  University of Leicester’s Sikh Society.

If you want to book a lecture on Sikh relics and artefacts or want to volunteer with the SMI then contact us.

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