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A cross-shaped pin showing an ambulance for Our Day fundraising event

We often lend pieces of Red Cross history to exhibitions and displays, such as paintings, photos, uniforms and trinkets that belonged to our volunteers.

Attingham Park, National Trust

Experience war time stories brought to life by costumed volunteers, using quotes and stories from letter and archives. 

Find out about centenary events at Attingham Park.

Come forward and help us in this emergency: the response of the British Red Cross to conscription and the Battle of the Somme 

12 November, 11am - 1pm 

This talk by Dr Rosemary Wall, senior lecturer in global history at University of Hull, examines how the British Red Cross coped with the events of 1916.

Venue: LT2 Wilberforce Building, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX. Book your place >>

Ambulance train: SwaleRail line

20 November

Join Kent Community Rail Partnership on a journey through Swale on a Southeastern Javelin High Speed train to commemorate ambulance trains in the First World War. Book your place >>

Faces of the Great War: Sidcup and the Pioneers of Plastic Surgery

Until 19 March 2017

See a Red Cross VAD uniform at this exhibition which tells the remarkable story of the pioneers of plastic surgery from the point of view of the medical staff and their patients.

Our museum and archives


We have loaned many items to museums but our collection covers much more than World War One. Find out what else is in our museum and archives.

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The work on the First World War volunteers website is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 UK: England and Wales Licence, unless it says otherwise

Supported by

  • Kingston University London
  • Heritage lottery fund