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Museum and archives

The British Red Cross museum and archives contain a fascinating portrait of our humanitarian work, from our beginnings in 1870 to our vital contribution in today's society.

The museum and archive collection is available for research purposes by prior appointment. We can accommodate small groups to view the collection. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for all appointments. Research hours are between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, Monday to Wednesday and Friday. The collection is closed to the public on Thursdays.

We are currently planning a new permanent exhibition at the headquarters of the British Red Cross in London. In the meantime, explore and find out more about the collections with our online catalogue.

Photo of nurse and man sweeping

Our historical collections

If you're a researcher, these are some of the items we have, including our archives, audio visual collection, historical publications and museum items.

Meals on wheels volunteers

Historical factsheets

Find out more about the tremendous role our volunteers and staff have played in the last 140 years.

Red Cross hygiene poster

Online exhibitions

We regularly highlight some of our collections online. Come back often to see our new exhibitions.

Prisoners of war receiving parcels from Red Cross

Resources for researchers

Got a question about the history of the British Red Cross? Find out who to contact and what kinds of resources will help your search.

Red Cross nurse

Useful contacts for historical researchers

We have loads of information for researchers, but there are also other organisations who can help with your research.

Red Cross and St Johns volunteers posters

Visit our museum and archives and FAQs

Find information about visiting our museum and archives and FAQs.

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