150 Voices

150 Voices

4 August 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross. Since 1870, we have been providing support to those who need it most, no matter who or where they are. Through 150 voices of people from around the UK and 150 objects from our museum and archives collection, this online exhibition celebrates key moments and people in our incredible history of connecting human kindness with human crisis. During the First and Second World Wars, we gave relief to sick and wounded members of the armed forces, prisoners of war and civilians. Our peacetime work began following the outbreak of the 1918 influenza pandemic, and we have since provided a range of health and social care services and supported the NHS since its creation in 1948. Our staff and volunteers have sprung into action when natural disasters have hit, both in the UK and overseas. Today, the British Red Cross not only ensures that people get the help they need in a crisis but also works towards building resilient communities. We continue to assist refugees and asylum seekers, people facing loneliness or healthcare inequalities, and those affected by emergencies. In 2020, we are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and around the world. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, staff and supporters, we are determined to continue spreading the power of kindness. Lead Curator: Mehzebin Adam Volunteers from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Birmingham Cataloguing: Charlie Burns Audio production: Digital Drama Object photography: Karolina Heller