This section provide a UK geographical representation of places of particular interest to Anglo-Sikh History.

Ipswich Museum Art Gallery

Colonel Thackwell Collection of Arms

High Street, Ipswich,
Suffolk IP1 3QH

01473 213761
01473 281274

The museum owes it's collection of a number of Sikh pieces to Col. Thackwell a local resident who also commanded forces during the Second Sikh War. Thackwell, both wrote of his time in the wars, and collected numerous artefacts from the battles which were then presented to the museum. Included within the main exhibition are some excellent examples of Lahori and other Indian sword making including two finely chased Chakkars and a full suit of chain mail.

Main Items of Interest:
- The Colonel Thackwell collection of arms and armour taken during the
second Anglo-Sikh war.
- Contemporary prints of Guru Nanak dev ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji
- One elaborate Kashmir embroidered Shawl
- One Sikh Phulkari Spread

They also have many other North Indian/Punjabi Specimens but without a clear Sikh origin. Specimens are currently within their reserve collection , not on public display, but can be viewed by prior appointment.

Ipswich Museum also has extensive resource collections (Zoology, botany, geology, archaeology, local history, ethnography) which are not on general display but are available to interested visitors by appointment.


Opening Times:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed 24-26 December, 1 January and Good Friday)


Wheelchair Users:
There is wheelchair access to the ground floor of the building and a stair-crawler operated by the attendant staff allows access to the first floor

Getting There:
Ipswich Museum is only five minutes walk from the town centre. There is a regular bus service from the railway station to the town centre. Crown multi-storey is the nearest car park. There is short stay coach parking on Crown Street, long stay coach parking on Princes street/West End Road.


Source: Ipswich Borough Council

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