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Sikh Fortress Turban

Sikh Fortress Turban
Sikh Akali-Nihang turban (dastaar boonga), blue cloth (21st century) with steel blades and quoits, Punjab, India, 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum


Sikh Fortress Turban
A Spotlight tour from the British Museum

On now until 17 August 2014
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Unravel the stories of the Sikh turban and discover how and why turbans are important to Sikh faith and identity.

This exhibition features a turban known as a Dastaar Boonga or fortress turban, worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs. It was used to protect the head in battle and to hold their weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs. This fascinating Sikh fortress turban is on loan from the British Museum. 

A Spotlight tour from the British Museum


Events

Warrior Sikhs: The Akali Nihangs
Sunday 13 July
2pm – 3pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Gurinder Singh Mann, Author and Historian speaks about about the history and significance of the Warrior Sikhs known as the Akali Nihangs. Free event, pre-booking essential, to book please call 0116 225 4900.

Family craft activities 
Monday 14, Wednesday 16, Friday 18 July
11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Come and learn more about the Dastaar Boonga fortress turban, currently on display at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. Join us and learn how to make your own replica of the turban out of paper. Make your own paper Nishan Sahib flag and learn more about Gurukhi numeracy by creating your own jigsaw puzzle. £2.50 for activities, payable at the museum shop.  T: 0116 225 4900

Talk and Film: Invisible Heroes - Sikh Troops in World War I
Sunday 27 July
2pm – 3.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
A talk by a guest speaker from the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail followed by ‘The Prisoner’s Song’, a film by Michael Singh. Free event, pre-booking essential, to book please call 0116 225 4900.

Sikh Fortress Turban: Ask an expert
Saturday 2 August
2pm – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Volunteers from the Kohinoor Project Trust will be available in the exhibition to answer your questions about Sikhism and the Sikh Fortress Turban exhibit. Free, drop-in event. T: 0116 225 4900

Turban tying
Sunday 10 August
2pm – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
A drop-in session led by the Kohinoor Project Trust will show visitors how to tie a turban. Free, drop-in event.
T: 0116 225 4900


Visitor Information

Opening Hours:

Mondays - Saturdays: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sundays: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Free Admission

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

T: 0116 225 4900
E: museums@leicester.gov.uk
W: www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

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