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Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC 

26 May 1989 – 13 June 2012



Ashworth Barracks is owned 100% by

Victoria Cross Trust

The Museum

The charitable aims of the VC Trust fall into 2 main categories, firstly to restore the final resting places of VC recipients not in the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Secondly to educate the public as their lives and citation details ( why they were awarded a VC). The creation of a museum meets our second charitable aim and income from the museum will cover the first.


Now we have secured the premises, we are busy building our collection and organising the museum infrastructure and display areas.

We have registered with the Arts Council and are currently listed as 'Working Towards' Accreditation.

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Our Collection

How you can help

Below is a very small selection of some of the items we have acquired over the last twelve months. We now need to develop and build our collection of military items to allow the story of the Valorous Few to be told.

Items do not have to be VC related or have any connection with a VC ( although we would be very keen to accept into our collection any VC related items ) Our collection is used as props to help tell the story of the men behind the VC and to give a better understand of the conditions and situations they had to endure. We are looking for any military items, old or new, large or small gifted or on loan. From something as small as a cap badge to as big as military vehicles and aircraft, we would be extremely happy to add these to our collection for the public to enjoy and to learn from.


We do not own any VC medals belonging to a recipient, any VC on display is a replica.

All ordnance within the collection is certified free from explosives and has been secured from reputable sources. All firearms at the museum are replicas or are deactivated to new spec.

Our Cause

Restoration Projects