Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail

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Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail or ASHT is an Anglo-Sikh organisation whose aim is to promote a greater awareness of the shared heritage between the Sikhs and the British; the organisation through its website explores this close relationship between the two peoples and cultures through historical personalities, shared treasures/artefacts and the joint cultural background as they exist in Britain today and in the past.

Together with the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), which holds a vast collection of maps, photographs, documents and books which impact on these communities it hopes to share these historical documents with both communities. The RGS's database includes historical maps of the Punjab, paintings and archive photographs relating to the history of the Punjab and the Sikh people.

New ambitious programme

Following the awarded a 3 year grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of a total of £660,000, ASHT has embarked on an ambitious three year programme (Phase two: 2007-2010) of initiatives covering education, research, and outreach. This will include:

  • The education work will aim to deliver national curriculum material based on our findings to schools and after schools clubs.
  • Delivering key community events and widening participation and access is included in our outreach work.
  • There are significant collections of Sikh or Sikh related artefacts in national, regional and local museums in the UK which would benefit from more information about their original purpose or history. Our appointed researcher will unearth these treasures and investigate, these collections of Anglo-Sikh significance.

Recent Events

ASHT Membership

Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

Enhancing your journey through history - There couldn't be a better time to join ASHT, the pioneering initiative preserving and profiling Sikh heritage in Britain. Your membership will directly support the charity in promoting this unique heritage now and inspire future generations. You can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits which promise to enrich your journey through history

Maharajah & The Kohinoor play tours schools

Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

This touching tale of the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh, told from the perspective of one of the world's most famous diamonds, the Kohinoor, captivated school pupils. After its launch at the Birmingham Drum in early March, ‘The Maharajah and the Kohinoor' is now touring schools, gurudwaras and community venues around the country until the end of the year.

Battlefield Tour 2010

Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

The highly successful ASHT Battlefield Tour returns this year with a day trip on Saturday 29th May taking visitors on a journey that highlights the tremendous contribution made by Sikh soldiers during WW1.

Memorial Gates

Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

A touching ceremony remembers Commonwealth War dead at London's Hyde Park Memorial Gates - The intimate ceremony opened with a speech by the Bishop of London who quoted a hymn by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, followed by a wreath laying ceremony presented by representatives from the former colonies.

Sikhi Week

Date: Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

As part of Northern Sikhi Week, a joint collaborative series of events organised by University Sikh Societies based in the North, the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail gave an illustrated talk to the Leeds Metropolitan University Sikh Society on Sikhs in War. Over 50 students attended the lecture highlighting the Tradition of Valour that Sikhs as soldiers have established over the last three centuries.

See also