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Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Lord Ashcroft Gallery,"Extraordinary Heroes" (UK)

Imperial War Museum London opens the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, its first major permanent gallery for ten years, 12 November. The new gallery, paid for by a GBP5million donation from Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, will house the Extraordinary Heroes exhibition containing the world's largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), which has been established by Lord Ashcroft since 1986. The 162 awards, which range from the Crimean to the Falklands wars, will go on public display for the first time alongside 48 VCs and 31 George Crosses (GCs) already held by the Museum. The VC is Britain and the Commonwealth's premier award for extreme gallantry in the face of the enemy, while the GC is Britain's most prestigious civil decoration. Visitors to the Lord Ashcroft Gallery's Extraordinary Heroes exhibition will discover the personal stories behind each decoration in a state-of-the-art new space filled with interactive touch-screens, multimedia platforms and original interpretation

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