The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes Exhibition
Explore stories of bravery through one of the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses and George Crosses.
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
Britain at War
The Outbreak of the First World War, Britain, August 1914
Austro-Hungarian Forces During the First World War 1914-1918
Come Along Boys and Join the Army
Service of Captain David Sutherland With the 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders
King George V's August 1914 commemorative medallion ('The King's Message')
Sport & General Press Agency Collection
The Kaiser's Insult
The Battle and Retreat from Mons August - September 1914