Black history is British history

Explore Black British history through our fascinating online exhibition of Black humanitarians at the British Red Cross.

Celebrating our Black history

Black people have made huge contributions to the British Red Cross' life-saving work both in the UK and overseas since we were founded in 1870. Despite this, Black history is often underrepresented in our story and in British history in general.

We want to show our long-term commitment to researching and recognising our Black volunteers, staff and notable humanitarians, who have shaped the world we live in today. This exhibition is an important step towards celebrating their achievements.


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Help us find out more

Can you help us identify some of the people in the exhibition's images? Do you know of any Black people who worked with the British Red Cross?

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Thank you and credits

Exhibition curated by Mehzebin Adam and Olivia Cummins.

All images © British Red Cross Museum and Archives unless otherwise stated.