The Center for Study of Homes was established to advance scholarship of interior design. Now, it has announced a lecture of the English country house and its expression of English national identity. The English Country House has become a cultural institution, which has been carefully preserved and publically displayed by cultural organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust. This particular lecture explores the life and successive homes of the Maharaja Duleep Singh (1838-1893), the ruler of the Sikh Empire and owner of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond, who was exiled to England, having been removed from his kingdom by the British East India Company. Deprived of his palaces in the Punjab, Duleep Singh travelled to Britain, where he resided in a succession of Scottish castles before purchasing an English country house, Elveden (in Suffolk).