Like father, like son - our first sign ups for the day

Like father, like son - our first sign ups for the day

The EFW outreach team had great fun at Lampton Vaisakhi Mela last weekend, doing some community outreach, recruiting volunteers for the project and promoting our forthcoming exhibition. 

Mandeep and son from the Home Office, with Verinder and Harbakhsh from the home team

Mandeep and son from the Home Office, with Verinder and Harbakhsh from the home team

We found that the project was of interest across the community; across generations, sexes, socio-economic wotsit and the rest! Basically, all sorts were fascinated and wanted to find out more about their family and community involvement in the First World War.

Keen as mustard - we managed to get plenty of young people interested in finding out about their military heritage

Keen as mustard - we managed to get plenty of young people interested in finding out about their military heritage

We met old friends, including people who had enjoyed our previous projects, and we made new ones, who were keen to be involved in this project. We managed to sign up some keen volunteers from all sections of the community for our project.

Well hello there.... Harbakhsh chats up a pair of ladies who recognised him from our previous Golden Temple exhibiton

Well hello there.... Harbakhsh chats up a pair of ladies who recognised him from our previous Golden Temple exhibiton

We got to show people a selection of 100-year old images from the War in 3D, using stereoviewer technology from the time.

Have you got Avatar 3D Directors Cut?

Have you got Avatar 3D Directors Cut?

We had some interesting artefacts from the war, including original medals won by Sikh soldiers in various campaigns.

Tell me more

Tell me more

We also had an example of the medal the families got when their son, husband, brother or father was killed. It was a truly chilling feeling holding that in your hand and imagining how a family would have felt upon receiving it in place of their loved one.

The medal no wife or mother would have wanted to receive...

The medal no wife or mother would have wanted to receive...

We even had Hounslow's boys in blue volunteer to take our project posters and put them up in the local nick! 

Our thanks to Hounslow's finest in helping our outreach efforts reach the parts other outreach cannot reach...

Our thanks to Hounslow's finest in helping our outreach efforts reach the parts other outreach cannot reach...

 It was a long day but well worth the effort.

Meet our new project manager

Meet our new project manager

Our next outreach outing will be at Slough Nagar Kirtan on the 27th April and then we'll be at the Vaisakhi On the Square event in Trafalgar Square on the 4th May.

Come and see us there!

 

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