The British Red Cross and refugees 

Our shared journey

This exhibition displays items from our museum and archives collection to show our shared journey with refugees.

For over a century, the British Red Cross has been helping protect and support people in the UK and abroad who have been forced to leave their country fearing persecution.

The first refugee service was organised in 1897 during the conflict between Turkey and Greece. Since then the organisation has helped millions of refugees during the First and Second World Wars, the post-war periods and more recent conflicts.

Our work with refugees has included the provision of medical aid, nursing, food relief and comforts such as blankets and clothing.

Refugees have made, and continue to make, significant cultural, social, and economic contributions to community-building projects to becoming prominent figures in society.

Many refugees have become volunteers with the British Red Cross, helping others the same way they were helped.

This exhibition displays items from the museum and archives collection to show our journey with refugees in the past and present.

Drawing showing refugees travelling by boat.

Advance booking is essential

The exhibition will run from 3 - 28 June at our central London office.

Please contact us to make an appointment to view the exhibition.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Appointments will be between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.


Telephone: 0207 877 7061


Free entry, but booking is required.