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

The Wallace Collection

Indian Weapons

Hertford House, Manchester Square,
London W1U 3BN

020 7563 9500
020 7224 2155

The Wallace Collection is both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. It was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897, and opened to the public just over three years later on 22 June 1900. Its first visitors were variously delighted, amazed and bemused. Among its treasures are one of the best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain and furniture in the world, a remarkable array of 17th-century paintings and a superb armoury.

The Wallace Collection probably has the best collection of Sikh arms and armour in the country on display. Included in Room 11 of this stunning collection are numerous Chakkars of both rustic and ornate design, Sikh Khanda's of various ages and design from Lahore and Amritsar, a Sikh Khula Khud (helmet) with special reserve for a joora (top knot) and a breastplate that includes Gurmukhi characters and an engraving of Guru Nanak. The rest of the Oriental arms in the exhibition room include the best examples of Indian weapons on display in this country - and it's free to get in.


Opening Times

We are open every day of the week, Monday to Saturday 10.00am until 5.00pm, Sundays 12.00pm until 5.00pm, except December 24, 25, 26, January 1, Good Friday, May Day Bank Holiday and June 3.

Access for Disabled Visitors

Full physical access to all public areas (including galleries, restaurant and lecture theatre)

An Access Policy and Plan available in large print, on audio cassette and on disc from the Access Co-ordinator.Ramp access is clearly indicated to the right of the Front Entrance.
An accessible lift serves all (three) floors of the museum.

Gallery Lectures
Free general guided tours of the Collection are usually given on each weekday at 1 p.m., also Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. These are sometimes replaced by specialist gallery talks covering aspects of the Collection in more detail, often given by members of The Wallace Collection staff.


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