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Lord Ashcroft Gallery


The Imperial War Museum approached A.J Wells in 2010 for a very special and unique job. They were creating its first major permanent gallery for ten years named the Lord Ashcroft. The idea was to create a gallery displaying recipients of the Victoria cross and George cross. The displays would consist of the medals along with some information on how the medal was earned and an enamelled portrait plate of the individual.

Enamel was specified because as the display is a permanant display the pictures would be subject to continuous harsh lighting from the museum. Due to the properties of enamel the pictures would be able to resist any sort of wear and tear from lighting keeping the gallery looking as good as new even in ten years time.

To create the enamelled plates, A.J Wells used pressed plates with curved edges to which transfers would be applied so that the print would go all the way to the edge, which could not be achieved with normal printing methods.

There were over 240 individual plates created in total for the display which opened in November 2010