Phil Mussell of Medal News interviews Lord Ashcroft

FOUR years ago when MEDAL NEWS first interviewed Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, about the Victoria Cross Collection that he had been building since 1986 he told us of his intention to exhibit the collection, in its entirety, so that everyone might know the incredible stories behind the medals and get a chance to see the groups in one place. He hinted back then that the Imperial War Museum (IWM) would probably be his choice for the location of that Exhibition and, on November 12, thanks to a £5 Million donation from the man himself, the Lord Ashcroft Gallery was opened on the Museum’s fourth floor. I was lucky enough to be invited to the official opening reception and the press preview and, once again talk with Lord Ashcroft about the gallery, his new book George Cross Heroes and the accompanying television series on the Discovery Channel.


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