Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes

IWM London

This display houses the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, alongside a significant collection of George Crosses, telling the extraordinary stories of the people who have been awarded these medals.


Uncover stories of bravery

Objects on display include the extensively damaged backpack worn by Lance Corporal Matt Croucher GC, who in Afghanistan 2008, threw himself onto a grenade saving the lives of his comrades- the backpack also helped to save his own life. You can also see the diving suit worn by James Magennis VC, who left his submarine in order to free explosive charges that had got caught during an attack on a Japanese boat in 1945.

What is heroism?

Accompanying the stories of those awarded the medals is artwork, film and photography, which explores the concept of bravery and what motivates people to undertake acts of heroism.

©IWM William Leefe Robinson, Victoria Cross
©IWM Matthew Croucher, George Cross

The gallery was made possible by a £5 million donation from Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, and showcases the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, a collection established by Lord Ashcroft in 1986.

IWM London
Lambeth Road
Nearest tube stations:

Lambeth North (5 mins)

Waterloo (15 mins)

Elephant and Castle (15 mins)

Open 10am - 6pm every day

Last admission is at 5.30pm