An Evening Talk by David Erskine-Hill
6.15pm Thursday 19 September 2019
In The Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
David Erskine-Hill, one of the Trustees of The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, is an expert on military medals with an extensive knowledge of both gallantry awards and campaign medals; he is currently Curator of Lord Ashcroft’s remarkable collection of gallantry medals, the Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC) elements of which are on public display at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London. Lord Ashcroft, who has published six books on gallantry awards, also has an interest in Special Forces, another aspect of his collection about which David will speak.
The VC’s and GC’s featured in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the IWM are arranged using seven different human qualities – leadership, sacrifice, aggression, skill, initiative, endurance, and boldness – encouraging visitors to examine an individual’s reaction to the most difficult decisions behind their feat of bravery. Many of the awards, which range from the Crimean War (1854-6) to the Falklands War (1982), are on public display for the first time alongside 48 VC’s and 31 George Crosses (GC’s) already in the care of the IWM.
David Erskine-Hill has had an abiding interest in history from an early age and was invited to join the Coin & Medal Department at Christie’s in London in 1980, aged 17. Later in the same year, he moved to Sotheby’s where he honed his cataloguing skills. In 1987, he qualified as an auctioneer and was appointed head of a newly created department covering Arms & Armour, Medals and Militaria. Having reverted to a consultancy role in 1992, he accepted an invitation to head-up the Medal Department at Spink & Son in 1997. five happy years ensued, with considerable travel overseas. From 2002-2016 he worked at Dix, Noonan Webb before returning to Spink to head-up their Medal Department. Two years later, he was delighted to take up the post of Curator to the Lord Ashcroft Medal Collection.
Tickets for the talk, including a glass (or two) of wine plus up-market nibbles after the talk, costs £20.00 per person (£17.50 for Friends of the Museum). Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased online :