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Useful contacts for historical researchers

Here are some useful contact addresses for researchers.

General
Records of prisoners of war
Displaced persons
Nurses and hospitals
Military personnel
Genealogy websites

General

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 
P.O. Box 372
1211 Geneva 19
Switzerland
secretariat@ifrc.org (please add "Archives" in the subject line of your e-mail)

The archives holds records documenting the activities of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, formerly called the League of Red Cross Societies. The principle topics are: governance of the Federation; disaster relief operations; refugee relief operations; health, especially nursing education, blood donation/transfusion, and community health; Junior Red Cross (children); centenary of the Red Cross; the Red Cross, Red Crescent and peace.

Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road
London 
SE1 6HZ
mail@iwm.org.uk
020 7416 5320

Army Medical Services Museum
Keogh Barracks
Ash Vale
Aldershot
GU12 5RQ
01252 868612

Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Gassiot House
Lambeth Palace Road
London
SE1 7EW
info@florence-nightingale.co.uk
020 7620 0374

Order of St John Library and Museum
St. John’s Gate
Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 4DA
museum@nhq.sja.org.uk
020 7324 4070

The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Richmond-upon-Thames
Surrey
TW9 4DU
enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk
020 8876 3444

General Register Office
Certificate Services Section
PO Box 2
Southport
PR8 2JD
certificate.services@ips.gsi.gov.uk
0300 123 1837

General Register Office (GRO) is the government agency for civil registration in England and Wales, and holds official information about birth, marriage and death records.

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
Chelsea
London
SW3 4HT
info@national-army-museum.ac.uk
020 7730 0717

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
17, Avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva
Switzerland
mus@micr.org
+41 22 748 95 25

Records of prisoners of war

Archives Division and Research Service
International Committee of the Red Cross
19 Avenue de la Paix
Geneva CH-1202
Switzerland

archives.gva@icrc.org

Displaced persons

International Tracing Service
Grobe Allee 5-9
34444 Bad Arolsen
Federal Republic of Germany
(+49) 5691 6290
email@its-arolsen.org

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen serves victims of Nazi persecutions and their families by documenting their fate through the archives it manages. The archives include records relating to prisoners, forced labourers, displaced persons and children.

Nurses and hospitals

Royal Army Medical Museum
Regimental Headquarters QARANC
Keogh Barracks
Ash Vale
Aldershot
GU12 5RQ
01252 340212

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (1917-1918), later Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (1918-1920)

Women’s Transport Service (F.A.N.Y.)
TA Centre
95 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2DX
hq@fany.org.uk
020 7976 5459

UK Centre for the History of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing Archives
42 South Oswald Road
Edinburgh
EH9 2HH
archives@rcn.org.uk
0131 662 1010

British Nurses’ & Hospital Badge Society (BNHBS)
Archivist: Stephen Callander-Grant
bnhbs.freeservers.com
bnhbsarchive@hotmail.com
020 8543 9514

Royal British Nurses Association
The Princess Royal House
The Territorial Army Centre
London Road
Stonecot Hill
Sutton
Surrey
SM3 9HG
enquiries@rbna.org.uk
020 8335 3691

Hospital Records Database (Wellcome Trust/National Archives)
This database provides information on the existence and location of the records of UK hospitals. There are currently more than 2,800 entries, which have been compiled by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. These can be found by searching the database. However, please be aware that British Red Cross hospitals are very sparsely represented in Hosprec, as they were temporary establishments and not part of the existing hospital system.

Military personnel

The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Richmond-upon-Thames
Surrey
TW9 4DU
enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk
020 8876 3444

The National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4HT
020 7730 0717

(General enquiries)
Ministry of Defence
Room 222
Old War Office Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HW
public@ministers.mod.uk
020 7218 5446

Army Medal Office
AFPAA (JPAC)
MOD Medal Office
Building 250
RAF Innsworth
Gloucester
GL3 1HW
0141 2243600 (MOD medal enquiry line)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 7DX
01628 634 221

Genealogy websites

Family Records

Family Search

UKBMD
Record of local authority indexes

Archon Directory
Information on 2,500 record repositories in Britain

Access to Archives (A2A)
Database of archives held in England and Wales

Familia
Guide covering public library records in the UK

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