This section provide a UK geographical representation of places of particular interest to Anglo-Sikh History.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms

Cromwell Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
020 7942 2266

The V&A is the greatest museum of applied and decorative arts in the world. Explore the breathtaking permanent collections from the four corners of the globe including fashion and textiles, sculpture, ceramics and glass, metalwork, silver and jewellery, furniture, photography and paintings.

1999, the V&A held the first ever international exhibition on the artistic traditions of the Panjab under Sikh rule to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa. Major museums in the UK, France, Ireland, India, Pakistan and the USA, the British Royal Collection, and private collectors in Pakistan and the USA, all lent important objects, and the V&A showed famous items such as Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Golden Throne from its own collection.

The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852 as the South Kensington Museum, and later absorbed the collections of the Indian Museum, established by the East India Company in 1799. Both museums collected Indian decorative art and paintings, including material from the Panjab dating from the late 16th to the 19th century. They also bought extensively from the international exhibitions of the second half of the 19th century.

paintings, arms and armour, textiles and tiles to extremely varied examples of the work of artists and crafts people from all over the region during the
periods of Sikh and British rule. It also includes watercolours and important early photographs by Europeans visiting the region in the 19th century. The Museum's collections thus provided the foundation for the major exhibition, The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, shown at the V&A from March to June 1999 before travelling to San Francisco and Toronto.



Opening Times

10am to 5.45pm Daily
10am to 10pm Wednesdays and the last Friday of the month.

Admission is FREE

Wheelchair access
Wheelchairs are kept at both entrances for visitors' use. Please refer to the V&A map available from the Information Desks for the location of ramps, lifts and toilets. There are adapted toilets on the lower level of the Exhibition Road entrance, in the lift area adjacent to the Morris Room, and in Gallery 16 (Italy 1400 - 1500).

The V&A is a Grade 1 listed building, some areas of which were designed and built without considering the needs of wheelchair users. The Lecture Theatre is easily accessed by lift and can accommodate three wheelchairs. The Jean Muir Seminar Room has more limited provision and is currently only accessible by special arrangement. Please contact Learning and Visitor Services on +44 (0)20 7942 2184 for further information.


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