SIKH HERITAGE AWARDS GALA 2008: AWARD WINNERS
CREATIVITY: SUSAN STRONGE, Senior Curator - The Victoria & Albert Museum
Susan Stronge is a Senior Curator in the Asian Department of The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 1999, she curated the acclaimed V&A exhibition The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, which travelled to the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She edited the exhibition book of the same name, which included chapters by leading international scholars as well as her essay on the arts of the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. She received the 2000 UK Shap award for the exhibition.
Since then, she has lectured frequently on the arts of the 19th century Sikh courts, and appeared in the 2007 BBC4 film on Ranjit Singh’s Golden Throne in the series “Masterpieces of the East”. In 2006, Ms. Stronge presented a paper in Tehran at a conference on musicology organised by the National Museum of Iran and the British Council. Here, she highlighted the importance of the Persian language in Sikh cultural history, and showed how The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms exhibition allowed the museum to extend its audience and benefit from the advice and assistance of a wide range of Sikh organisations and individuals. The V&A continues to play a major role in the study of the art history of Punjab, particularly in the period of Sikh rule, and maintains the many links forged while developing and presenting the 1999 exhibition.
In 2006, Susan Stronge was presented with the Punjabi Cultural Award by the Punjabis in Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group, in recognition of the contribution made to the promotion of Punjabi culture in Britain.