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Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond – A Talk by Anita Anand

Monday 20 November 2017

Doors open at 7pm

Talk starts at 7.30pm

Richmond Adult Community College

Please note seating is not reserved


Also available from the Museum (Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond) and The Open Book, King Street, Richmond.

In this fascinating talk in aid of the Museum, journalist, broadcaster (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Any Answers) and local resident Anita Anand will reveal the true story of this infamous and controversial diamond as told in her recently published book Koh-I-Noor (Bloomsbury 2017), which Anita co-authored with William Dalrymple.


The Koh-i-Noor was given, in 1849, by the ten-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab to the British East India Company in a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria, along with some of the richest land in India. That official ‘British’ history of the diamond could have come from gossip in the Delhi Bazaars but it quickly became the accepted version.


Anita’s talk will challenge this interpretation, and attempt to free the diamond from the fog of mythology. The Koh-i-Noor’s story is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation which covers an impressive slice of south and central Asian history.