Museum celebrates birthday of Prince Federick Duleep Singh | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News

PUBLISHED: 21:26 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:26 20 January 2018

The opening he Ancient House Museum, Thetford, on December 12 1924. Prince Frederick is pictured second from right. Picture: Archant Library

The opening he Ancient House Museum, Thetford, on December 12 1924. Prince Frederick is pictured second from proper. Picture: Archant Library

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Born in 1868 Prince Frederick Duleep Singh was the son of Maharajah Dueelp Singh, the final king of the Punjab, and grew up on the Elveden Estate.

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. Picture: Anicent House MuseumPrince Frederick Duleep Singh. Picture: Anicent House Museum

Known for his generosity, Prince Frederick bought the Tudor home in Thetford and gave it to the city of Thetford for the aim of a museum.

The Ancient House Museum was opened in 1924 and the prince donated a group of artefacts – together with portraits – for show.

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A free occasion to mark the prince’s birthday was held the place folks outdated and younger may study extra about his life and the impression he had within the area. Visitors have been in a position to see the gadgets donated by Prince Frederick, see household photos and study extra about his navy background.

Indigo and Rosie Buckingham, aged 4 and 7, pictured with suffragette Kitty Wilaby (Kathy Hipperson). Prince Frederick's sister Princess Sophia was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union which campagined for women's suffrage. Picture: Rebecca MurphyIndigo and Rosie Buckingham, aged four and 7, pictured with suffragette Kitty Wilaby (Kathy Hipperson). Prince Frederick’s sister Princess Sophia was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union which campagined for girls’s suffrage. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

There have been reenactors together with a suffragette as a result of the prince’s sister Sophia Duleep Singh was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union which campaigned for girls’s suffrage.

Oliver Bone, museum curator, mentioned: “It is sensible that we’re in a position to mark Prince Frederick’s anniversary and it is a chance for us to have fun his generosity and his love of historical past.

“It is an opportunity for Prince Frederick to be in the limelight and to show what he did during his life and the collection he built up. He was interested in preservation of cultural heritage and we benefit today from his interests.”

The prince served within the Suffolk Yeomanry and was a Major within the Norfolk Yeomanry between 1893 and 1909, rejoining to battle in France throughout the First World War.

Ancient House Musum curator Oliver Bone. Picture: Sonya DuncanAncient House Musum curator Oliver Bone. Picture: Sonya Duncan

He was towards the closure of locations of worship and inspired the restoration of church buildings, together with in Thompson, close to Watton. He owned and lived in Old Buckenham Hall and the 16th century Blo’ Norton Hall, close to Diss.

The museum is hoping to use for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist create an exhibition devoted to the prince.

“We know that people are fascinated with this unexpected connection and links we have here,” mentioned Mr Bone. “People come long distances to fund out about his story and we have some interesting objects we are unable to show right now.”

The Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life. Picture: Ian BurtThe Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life. Picture: Ian Burt

A bit extra details about Prince Frederick

He was educated at Eton and then Magdalene College, Cambridge, the place he gained a Masters diploma in historical past.

A eager collector, archaeologist and historian he wrote articles for seven Norfolk publications.

The grave of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh at Blo' Norton. Picture: Sonya DuncanThe grave of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh at Blo’ Norton. Picture: Sonya Duncan

He was the vice-president for the Suffolk Institute of Archeology and Natural History and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

He died at Blo’ Norton Hall on August 15 1926 aged 55.

The prince by no means visited the Punjab or India to see the place his household as soon as dominated.

The final lineal male descent of the king of the Pubjab, his loss of life ended the legacy of the Sikh Kingdom.

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, right, with the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry in Bury St Edmunds in 1901. Picture: Ancient House MuseumPrince Frederick Duleep Singh, proper, with the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry in Bury St Edmunds in 1901. Picture: Ancient House Museum

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His father the Maharajah was compelled to resign his sovereign and rights throughout the Anglo-Sikh struggle in 1849.

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh in 1897. Picture: Archant LibraryPrince Frederick Duleep Singh in 1897. Picture: Archant Library

He was exiled to England in 1854 and it’s believed he was pressured into changing to Christianity.

He was mates with Queen Victoria.

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