Exhibition at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

My son who lives and works in London is fully aware for the love we have for Indian artefacts and objects. Kirien brought to our attention an exhibition held at the Queens Gallery Buckingham palace.

The exhibition featured a glittering display of stunning objects and works that reveal the remarkable story of the Sikh Empire and the European and American adventures who served it. Our group Cultural Arts CIC heard that it’s one of the finest collections on display form the Princes tour of India since 1875-6. Commemorating the long relationship between the crown and South Asia.

So our Journey began from Wolverhampton on a lovely sunny morning on Thursday 2nd August 2018. The journey of 2 hours and 50 minutes went by quickly in anticipation and excitement. Arriving at Euston station with a bus ride to Victoria, (please note London buses only accept 1 Contactless fare tender per person so we had to purchase Oyster cards ) and then a short walk along Buckingham Palace road (Where would we be without Google Maps?), we arrived at the Queens Gallery safely.

After purchasing the tickets and depositing our backpacks we made our way up the stairs to the Exhibition, this was in two parts – The rooms that we particularly found of interest from the royal collection featured old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images.

Then some of the elder members of the group Teachers of calligraphy back in India were in for a Royal treat. Connoisseurs of fine books, illustrated manuscripts and exquisite craftsmanship were on display. Our talk began at 12-noon with an introduction by Rachel Smith began with cultural history behind

The Mughals created lavish Muraqqas or “patchwork” albums to showcase the work of contemporary and earlier master artists. Drawings Conservator, Rachael Smith, introduce the Islamic arts of calligraphy, painting, paper marbling, dyeing, gold decoration and decoupage and explain the albums’ complex construction.


The Royal Collection