Complex and intricate steel-framed display benches clad in diverse materials for this collection of Victoria Crosses and George Crosses. Materials used reflect the qualities of bravery for which the medals were awarded.

The Imperial War Museum's Lord Ashcroft Gallery displays the 162 Victoria Crosses owned by the Michael A Ashcroft Trust, alongside 48 VCs and 31 George Crosses already held by the Museum. These are the highest awards given by the UK state for selfless acts of civilian and military bravery.

Separate display structures were designed for seven sections, each describing a ‘quality’ of bravery: Boldness, Aggression, Endurance, Initiative, Leadership, Sacrifice and Skill.

Each display structure has some of the characteristics of those qualities. For example ‘Boldness’ is clad in 25 millimetre steel plate torn through by shellfire, while ‘Endurance’ is constructed from a rusting cage of concrete reinforcement.

Location
London, UK

Client 
Imperial War Museum

Architect
Casson Mann