Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes
This exhibition displays personal objects and artefacts belonging to those awarded Victoria and George Crosses, revealing the people behind the medals and the stories of their lives and their extraordinary deeds.
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 newly-commissioned 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
©IWM Odette Sansom, 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.