Voices of India: The First World War

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Voice Of India21 November 2015, The Old Courtroom, Brighton

10.15am-7.45pm

For the past 100 years, the story of India’s role in the First World War has been largely forgotten, both within India and by the rest of the world.

The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove is bringing to life the diverse voices and experiences of individuals from India who were affected by the conflict in this major one-day conference. Discover the personal thoughts expressed by soldiers in letters home, listen to the astonishing sound recordings of soldiers in German prisoner of war camps and find out about extraordinary individuals such as Sophia Duleep Singh, Maharajah’s daughter, suffragette and nurse.

This international conference seeks to consider how Indian soldiers and their families have been represented in memory, literature, media and official record; and how they can or should be remembered and viewed a century on.

In conjunction with Gateways to the First World War; The Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, USI of India; The UK Punjab Heritage Association

Speakers include:

  • Rana Chhina, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, USI of India
  • Dr Prabhjot Parmar, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
  • Dr Santanu Das, Kings College,
  • Kamila Shamsie, author (A God in Every Stone)
  • Anita Anand, broadcaster (Any Answers, BBC Radio 4) and author (Sophia, Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary)
  • The UK Punjab Heritage Association
  • Dr Heike Liebau, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin
  • Kevin Bacon, the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

 

Photo of Indian patients in grounds of Royal Pavilion, 1915
Indian patients in grounds of Royal Pavilion, 1915

Tickets £60, members £55, book in advance

Lunch is not included but there are lots of lovely cafes and restaurants to choose from near the venue.

Tickets includes drinks reception at the Royal Pavilion after the conference, 6.45-7.45pm and free entry with audio guide to the Royal Pavilion on the days adjacent to the conference, Friday 20 and Sunday 22 November.

To book tickets please call 03000 290902 or buy online.

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