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
Harold Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in 1918...
What can medals and memorials tell us about the Second World War?
This enquiry teaches students to look in unexpected places for information...
Why are people awarded the Victoria Cross and the George Cross?
This enquiry explores the reasons why VCs and GCs are awarded...
From our Collections
Christmas with the British Liberation Army in Holland, 16 November 1944
With Moderation Towards Ourselves
Princess Mary's Gift Fund 1914, Class A non-smokers (writing stationery)
Post Much Earlier this Christmas
Christmas Party for Trooper Devereux's Daughter: Christmas in Wartime, Pinner, Middlesex, December 1944
Parcel cover, Scarborough Christmas Parcel Fund
British Forces in Bosnia 1994: Operation Grapple
Tin, South African Gifts And Comforts Committee
Percy Vere - Number 18 (recto) Wishing You a Happy Christmas and an Accident Free New Year (verso)