|10 April – 20 October 2024
Admission charge. Members go free.
Explore the remarkable life and legacy of Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) in our forthcoming major exhibiton.
In a period riven with anarchy following decades of Afghan invasions, Ranjit Singh emerged as the Punjab region’s undisputed Maharaja by the turn of the 19th century. Possessed with an unwaivering sense of destiny, his meteoric rise to power brought about the hugely influential Sikh Empire – a kingdom which created seismic change in the region, impacting the fortunes of the Mughal and British Empires and shaping the future of the Indian subcontinent.
Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King will present glittering weaponry, intricate miniature paintings and exquisite jewellery from the Sikh Empire, drawn from major public and private collections. Visitors will experience how this extraordinary individual brought about a golden age in which trade boomed, the arts flourished, and a formidable army was developed.
For the first time in the Collection's history, we will place our Sikh holdings in their historic and artistic context, showing them alongside other Sikh artworks.