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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement started in 1863, inspired by a Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant.
Following the outbreak of war in August 1914 the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John formed the Joint War Committee.
In May 1919, the League of Red Cross Societies was formed and extended the role of national Red Cross societies to work in times of peace.
When war was declared in September 1939, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John joined forces and formed the Joint War Organisation.
Find out more about our work in a changing world since 1945.
The British Red Cross museum and archives contain a fascinating portrait of our humanitarian work, from our beginnings in 1870 to today.
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Dunham Massey is being transformed back into a 1917 Red Cross hospital to mark the centenary of World War One.
Get a more personal view of how our volunteers have been helping people for 140 years.
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The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738)
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