Flagging Up online exhibition

What is the UK-India Year of Culture?

Throughout 2017, the UK and India are engaging in a year of cultural exchange. Celebrating their rich histories, many major cultural institutions in the UK and India are opening up their collections, digitizing objects and touring exhibitions so that the public can engage with worldwide history, both at home and from afar.

How is Elmbridge Museum getting involved?

Elmbridge Museum’s largest display space, in Esher’s Civic Centre, was home to a festival of colour. All things orange, white and green were on display, transforming the display case into the flag of India.

What will visitors get out of the display? 

India’s flag is steeped in culture and history. Officially hoisted for the first time in 1947, the three stripes represent:

Saffron – courage and sacrifice

White – peace and truth

Green – faith and chivalry

Aside from relaying the history and symbolism of the flag of India, Elmbridge Museum’s display probes the collection of a museum – what is collected and why. Many objects will be on display for the first time in many years and will be displayed next to objects that, ordinarily, would have no relationship to each other. However, by placing artefacts by their colour, it is hoped that viewers will draw some interesting links.

Graphic of the Museum display:

This diagram of the objects on display was part of an A3 handout accompanying the display. You can download the display handout here.

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Display highlights

India Princess Alice slipper key object
India Sainsburys tile key object