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
ration pack, 'Emergency Ration', British Army issue
The 1/4th Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment in the Ypres Salient, 1915
The Royal Navy during the Second World War: Operation Overlord (The Normandy Landings) D-Day 6 June 1944
badge, formation, Polish, 2nd (Warsaw) Armoured Division
Royal Engineers Collection
fragment of naval bunting
Liberation and Battle of France: The Fall of Cherbourg : the quayside and the Fort du Roule. 28th June 1944
Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection
Operation Overlord (The Normandy Landings): D-Day 6 June 1944