British Red Cross provides first aid and support to people in the UK and around the world. Our first aid courses give everyone the opportunity to learn these vital skills. Our collection includes first aid equipment, historic posters and photographs, and objects related to our first aid work.
The British Red Cross carries out extensive services for prisoners of war. During World War II the Prisoners of War Department was responsible for packing and dispatching parcels to British prisoners of war. The Red Cross also sent out next of kin parcels from families, educational book parcels, and even activity parcels containing sports equipment. Our collection contains objects from the life of prisoners of war and objects representing the efforts of the Red Cross for these prisoners.
The British Red Cross has been engaged in humanitarian disaster relief since our foundation in 1870. Here we can see some of the objects associated with our disaster relief activities over time.