The Tank Museum | Victoria Cross Exhibition Extension

Victoria Cross Exhibition Extension

The display will now run until Spring 2019

21st November 2018

The Victoria Cross exhibition has now been extending to run until the end of the Easter holidays in 2019.

In a world first, The Tank Museum united all VC medals won by the Tank Corps during the First World War in its Victoria Cross exhibition, which opened in August 2018. Thanks to a loan extension by the Lord Ashcroft Medal Collection, the medals will now be on display for longer than was initially planned.

The Museum owns one of the Victoria Crosses, which was awarded to Cecil Sewell, and Lord Ashcroft has kindly loaned the one awarded to Richard West.

The family of Richard Wain loaned his VC last year and, following an appeal, the final VC, awarded to Clement Robertson, has also been secured.

David Willey, Curator, said: "Having all four VCs together a century after they were awarded is a great moment for us.

"They have never been together before.

"Of course it wouldn't have been possible without the assistance and generosity of Lord Ashcroft and the families of the recipients.

"As well as the VCs we will be displaying the men's other medals and descriptions of what they did and photographs of them.

"All of the recipients received their VCs posthumously and the stories of their bravery is humbling and inspirational.

"Tanks were new, they were only introduced in September 1916 we can easily forget they were designed to save British lives.

"While we have the finest collection of tanks in the world it is always the stories of the men who fought in them that captures the imagination of our audience, and here are four of the best."

Find out more about the lives of the Victoria Cross winners here