It was a year ago today

‘A year ago today’. We’re reflecting on last summer’s smash hit exhibition and this picture taken exactly a year ago sums up that mood. Did you go? What were your highlights and memories?

Higher Faster Stronger

Only a few months to wait until the rural Olympics at Kila Raipur to banish those post-Olympic blues.

Equestrian Events at Punjab’s rural Olympics

Are you already missing the Olympics after yesterday’s closing ceremony? There are only a few months to wait for Punjab’s very own rural Olympics at Kila Raipur.

We’re going to feature a preview of these wild games, starting with one of the popular equestrian events.

Photograph: Harbakhsh Grewal

British Sikhs 50 years ago

British Sikhs 50 years ago. This young Sikh family were photographed exactly 50 years ago in 1962 in the Hulme area of Manchester.

When did your family come to the UK? Share your stories and send us your early pictures of being a British Sikh

Source: Manchester Libraries

Egg and spoon race – Sikh style!

Sports day marks the end of the school year so we thought you’d like to see how this classic race was done à la Sikh. Taken over a century ago, this photo shows the 12-year-old Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (far right) competing with several British officers and his uncle (centre).  It was taken at Chail, the maharaja’s summer capital in the hills of Himachal Pradesh.

Bhupinder Singh later became known for his extravagance and sporting abilities, famously captaining the Indian cricket team that visited England in 1911.

Image: Detail of a photograph taken in during the gymkhana at Chail, Punjab, September 1904 (British Library)

Back to School: Doing the Chicken

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To avoid the Punjabi school teacher.

For today’s Back to School image we thought you’d like to see how Punjabi children were disciplined 200-years ago. In this scene, one naughty pupil at a madrasa (Persian-Urdu-Arabic school) assumes the position – of a chicken!  We are reliably informed that this ‘fowl’ tradition continues to this day

Tell us if its happened to you. What did you do to deserve it? For how long did you have to hold the pose?

Image: Detail of a painting, opaque watercolour, early 19th century (Victoria & Albert Museum).

A Golden Gift


In collaboration with the City Sikhs Network, some of the GT1588 team were delighted to have been given the opportunity to present Labour leader, Ed Miliband, with a copy of the book “Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past” at the The Houses of Parliament.

Queen Victoria’s Maharajah


Queen Victoria’s sons Prince Alfred (aged 4) and Prince Arthur (aged 10) dressed as Sikh princes.

Today’s Back to School image incorporates the birthday of the last Sikh king of Lahore, Maharaja Duleep Singh.

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Wheelchair Warriors

Known as murderball in North America, wheelchair rugby is proving to be a literal smash hit at the London 2012 Paralympics. Leamington’s Mandip Sehmi is one of Paralympic GB’s star players.

Join us in supporting him when the GB team play again tomorrow against Japan.

Back to School in 1875


Back to School in 1875! A rare photograph of Sikh girls enrolled in a school in Amritsar run by the Church Missionary Society.