Exhibition: Extraordinary Heroes
The Imperial War Museum London is honouring the bravest of the brave with the opening of its first major permanent gallery for 10 years.
The Lord Ashcroft Gallery, paid for by a £5million donation, will house the Extraordinary Heroes exhibition containing the world's largest collection of the highest medals given for bravery in the face of an enemy - the Victoria Cross.
Visitors will discover the personal stories of bravery behind each decoration in a state-of-the-art space filled with interactive touch-screens and multimedia platforms.
To mark the opening of the gallery, the museum has also commissioned new works for its collections. Among them is a portrait by war photographer Don McCullin of Private Johnson Beharry VC, whose series of brave actions included moving his column out of an ambush and carrying wounded comrades to safety in Iraq in 2004.
Lord Ashcroft said: "My fascination with bravery, and in particular the Victoria Cross, goes back to my childhood, so I'm thrilled to be responsible for a new gallery which will help audiences discover some of the most gallant actions in history.
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