Royal Geographical Society unveils The Punjab: Moving Journeys

Royal Geographical Society unveils The Punjab: Moving Journeys

The cradle of a great civilisation. The nexus of the Silk Road. A divided land riven with conflict for centuries. The preconceptions of the Punjab are also as varied as the extraordinary mix of peoples who have made this region their home. Now, the Royal Geographical Society with IBG is exhibiting The Punjab: Moving Journeys to reveal the little-seen history of the region using the unique perspective provided by the Society’s Collections.

The last of the exhibitions in the Society’s Crossing Continents series, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and developed in partnership with the UK Punjab Heritage Association, the Muslim Women’s Welfare Association (Illford) and the Cartwright Hall Young Ambassadors (Bradford) and the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, The Punjab: Moving Journeys links London and Bradford to the borders of India and Pakistan. Through the Society’s 19th century photographs, maps and texts the Punjab’s history has being rediscovered and retold by members of Britain’s Punjabi community, focusing on migrations, within and across borders, from the earliest history of the region, through Partition and into the 21st Century.

Combining contemporary commentary from British Punjabi’s with Victorian photography with accounts from British visitors and colonial administrators who visited the Punjab during the 19th Century, Moving Journeys uncovers this region’s complex history alongside the challenges facing Punjabi’s in 21st century Britain, including how they relate to their British adoptive home and an Indian / Pakistani homeland.

Responses by artists reflecting the themes in the exhibition will also be shown; one-minute short films from arts organisation Motiroti’s 60×60 secs -britain india pakistan project and artwork by Sophie Ernst as part of Green Cardamom’s Lines of Control project will be on display.

The Exhibition is open from Tuesday 9 September and is on show from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, at the Society’s headquarters in South Kensington and runs until 27th November 2008. Admission is free.
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