The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes Exhibition
The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes Exhibition aims to intrigue, inspire and amaze by re-telling forgotten stories of bravery
The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes houses the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses and a significant collection of George Crosses. The medals range from the Crimean War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and recognise acts of extreme bravery, both in direct enemy action and away from the battlefields.
The state-of-the-art space uses interactive technology alongside the medals themselves. The gallery aims to intrigue and amaze by telling the extraordinary stories behind the medals and exploring the concept of bravery through newly-commissioned artwork, film and photography.
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.
Supporting partner: The Telegraph
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From our Collections
The Falklands Conflict, April - June 1982
Admiralty Message announcing the use of codename Operation Dynamo for the evacuation of the BEF, May 1940
VE Day mug
The Allied Campaign in North West Europe, 6 June - 7 May 1945
Royal Proclamation on the Reduction of Domestic Bread Consumption, May 1917
The Campaign in Italy, May 1944
Brussels, VE Day 3
The Battle for Crete, 20 - 31 May 1941
Liberated from Belsen Concentration Camp, 1945