An exhibition revealing the untold story of how Sikhs played such a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’ will be displayed at the Asian Centre in Wood Green. ‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’ is an exhibition developed by the UK Punjab Heritage Association.

Empire, Faith and War
19 – 23 October (closed 22 October), 11 – 5pm
Asian Centre, 8 Caxton Road, London, N22 6TB

The display tells the forgotten story of India’s massive contribution in terms of men, money and materials and shows how Indian troops, including Sikhs, arrived 100 years ago to help save the Western Front, and then went on to fight in many of the Great War’s forgotten campaigns.

The display will tie in with a new project hosted at the Asian Centre and led by the Council of Asian People, which will focus on the wider South Asian community’s contribution in WW1. This project is called Far From the Western Front and is supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. For more information, see www.southasiansoldiers.org.uk.

The exhibition will be on display in the Upstairs Hall of the Asian Centre. Visitors are welcome to stay for lunch at the Asian Centre, where freshly cooked veg and non-veg options are available every week day between 12.30 and 2. Senior citizens are entitled to a reduced ticket price.

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Empire, Faith, War
‘Empire, Faith & War’ is a multifaceted three year project (2014-16) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In collaboration with its audience and major heritage partners, including the Imperial War Museum, British Library and National Army Museum, UKPHA aims to collect and share the stories of Sikh soldiers and the families that they left behind. www.empirefaithwar.com

Council of Asian People
The Council of Asian People aims to promote and develop the social, cultural and economic development of communities in the Borough of Haringey, London. The Council operates from the Asian Centre in Wood Green. www.asiancentre.org.uk @AsianCentreN22

Far From the Western Front
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project will mobilise volunteers across London to research and curate an exhibition on the South Asian soldier’s contribution in World War 1, in campaigns beyond Europe. The project is led by the Council of Asian People, in partnership with Pak Cultural Society, Nanak Darbar, Gurkha Veteran Foundation, and Collage Arts.
www.southasiansoldiers.org.uk @AsianCentreN22 #AsiasGreatWar

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk

For further information, contact: Eleanor Harding, Project Coordinator on 020 8889 6938 and eleanor@asiancentre.co.uk

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