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Indian Encounters: 14th November 2014 - 1st March 2015
Indian Encounters: 14th November 2014 - 1st March 2015. Pictured:  Necklace of rock crystal with a green glass bead and silk threads: Northern India, probably Punjab, 19th century. A new exhibition Indian Encounters will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 14 November showcasing a newly commissioned painting Casualty of War, by renowned contemporary British artists The Singh Twins. Alongside the commission, beautifully crafted 19th century jewellery and intricate Indian miniature style paintings from the 18th century, which once represented the wealth of their owners Maharaja Duleep Singh and Captain Archibald Swinton, will be displayed. right arrow read more


Jainpedia launches £10k campaign to digitize 50 pages of rare manuscripts
Jainpedia launches £10k campaign to digitize 50 pages of rare manuscriptsJainpedia, the leading encyclopedia on Jainism, as launched a £10,000 fund raising campaign on KickStarter to help it digitize 50 pages of rare manuscripts. JAINpedia.org has brought awareness of the Jain faith to others, and makes history and heritage accessible and relevant to everyone. The bulk its ambitious project has been completed, with over 90 manuscripts from major UK institutions like the British Library and Victoria & Albert Museum, digitized. right arrow read more
 
Voices of Asia Gallery to open at Leeds City Museum on 18th April 2014
Voices of Asia Gallery to open at Leeds City Museum on 18th April 2014Voices of Asia is a spectacular new gallery opening at Leeds City Museum on 18th April 2014 celebrating the sights, sounds, and culture of Asia and the Asian communities that live in Leeds and make-up the thriving multi-cultural city today. The new gallery, which sits on the ground floor of the museum in the World View Gallery, is the first major gallery refresh at the museum since it opened in 2008. right arrow read more
The Prince of Wales visits newly-launched Jainpedia project at the V&A
Prince Charles with directors of the Jainpedia project.The Prince of Wales visited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to view the JAINpedia project on 18th November 2010. Launched by the The Institute of Jainology, the JAINpedia project has been supported by a £375,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and comprises the digitisation of five thousand year old religious texts on Jainism. right arrow read more
19th century Sikh warrior items newly catalogued at the British Library
Bhai Maharaj SinghA collection of personal effects which once belonged to the renowned Sikh nationalist Bhai Maharaj Singh have recently been re-catalogued on the British Library’s India Office Select Materials catalogue. Bhai Maharaj Singh became an important leader during the second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-49), waging a series of revolts against the British, before he was captured on December 28 1849 by Henry Vansittart (1818-1896). read more read more
ISLAMIC CANDLESTICKS SELL FOR £30,000
Islamic CandlesticksA monumental pair of Islamic metalwork candlesticks is to go under the hammer after being discovered in a church in Lincolnshire. Bearing both Koranic inscription and words from a Christian hymn, these identical silver-inlaid brass candlesticksstand 7' 7'' high on a 75cm base and date from the 19th century. The rare candlesticks are set to fetch around £30,000. read more read more
>LEICESTER CITY MUSEUM SEEKS HELP OF SOUTH ASIANS
Image Courtesy of Leicester City MuseumLeicester City Museums Service is appealing for information from the South Asian community. A very important part of the city’s history is the military service of the Leicestershire Regiment, which served in pre-partition India. The museum service is searching for links the Regiment would have had with people living in pre-partition India. read more read more
THE CLIVE OF INDIA TREASURE SELLS FOR £4.7 MILLION
Jewelled Jade Flask from The Clive of India CollectionAn extraordinarily splendid jewelled jade flask produced for the Mughal royal court in India in the 17th century, sold at Christie's today (27 April 2004) for £2,917,250. The flask was the highlight of the Clive of India Treasure, a rare collection of five Mughal treasures bought back from India by Robert Clive of India (1725-1774) which sold for a total of £4,700,375. read more read more
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NEW ISLAMIC GALLERY AT THE V&A
Detail of Ardabil Carpet. Persian 1539-40. Copyright The V&A.Hartwell plc, part of the Abdul Latif Jameel Group, has given the Victoria & Albert Museum a substantial donation to transform one of its historic galleries into a fitting home for the Museum’s superb collection of Islamic art from the Middle East. The total value of the gift is £5.4 million, which is one of the most generous ever received by the V&A. read more read more
IMAGES OF A LOST EMPIRE
Sir Thomas Metcalfe's family album compiled in Imperial Delhi has been accquired by The British Library.A unique and important album of nineteenth-century Indian watercolours compiled by Sir Thomas Metcalfe has been acquired by the British Library. The paintings show views of Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments in Delhi. read more read more
SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

An image of an Asian woman and her two children from the 'Moving Here' Gallery. The website which records South Asian Heritage was launched on 30 July 2003.The last 200 years of South Asian migration to England are explored on a new interactive website, 'Moving Here', was launched today, 30 July 2003 at London's City Hall. 'Moving Here' makes over 150,000 digitised sources from 30 museums, libraries and archives in England available online for the first time. You can read about the history of South Asian migration to England and contribute your own stories. read more read more

ASIAN HISTORY IN BRITAIN EXPLORED BY NEW WEBSITE

This drawing from the Illustrated London News shows Cursetjee Rustomjee, head builder in 1849 at the East India Company.  The photograph (courtesy of the Illustrated London News Picture Library) is one of many featured on the 'Black Presence' website launched on 30 June 2003.Asian history, from the ancient civilisation of the Indus Valley to the emergence of the caste system and the creation of the British Raj, forms the focus a new website called "Black Presence" which explores the history of Asian & Black people in Britain from 1500 to 1850."Black Presence which was launched on 30 June 2003 looks at the reasons why people of Asian and Black origin came to Britain and the way in which they contributed to and influenced British society. read more read more

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

indian textile exhibit at the Victoria & Albert museum The Victoria & Albert Museum has the world's largest collection of Indian textiles with nearly 10,000 pieces from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as a modern day collection. It also has a gallery, dedicated to Jawharlal Nehru, that exhibits about one percent of this collection. read more read more

BRAMAH TEA & COFFEE MUSEUM
Bramah tea & coffee museumTucked away in Southwark Street between the Globe Theatre and Borough Market in London is a little gem - the Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum. Run by Edward Bramah, who founded the museum in 1992, it is the sort of place you would least expect to find among the high-tech steel edifices of modern London. read more read more
FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
Foreign & Commonwealth office Durbar Court Strictly not a museum, the Foreign & Commonwealth office opened its doors to the public for the first time in the year 2000. Described as the 'Jewel in the Crown' and the 'Wonder of Whitehall' the Grade I Listed building features the Durbar Court at its centre. Probably best known as the office where Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East and Minister of State for Europe, worked, visitors are allowed to tour the Locarno Suite, the India Office Council Chamber and the stunning Durbar Court. read more read more.

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