Record Details

CollectionBritish Red Cross Society
NGOBritish Red Cross Society
RepositoryBritish Red Cross Museum and Archives

"The Society maintains its own Archives Section in its National Training Centre. The collection is extensive and includes the minutes of the Council from 1905; Annual Reports from 1924; reports of the International Conference from 1864 to date; reports, bulletins and the Review of the International Committee of the Red Cross from 1859 to the present day; a run of the official journal from 1914; County Branch records (which include minutes, annual reports, personnel and other records) from c. 1909 to date; and departmental files covering all aspects of the Society's work from 1905. In addition to these administrative records, the Archives Sections has collections of personal papers of past officers of the Society; official records relating to humanitarian assistance activities during both World Wars; a photographic archive covering every aspect of humanitarian relief work, domestic and international, since 1870; and records concerning Prisoners of War. The Archives Reference Library contains books on all aspects of the Society and the International Red Cross. Current records (i.e. post-1979 material) are maintained at the Society's National Headquarters. Researchers should in the first instance write to the Archivist for further advice about access to the papers." (source: C. Cook, The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives, 2006) Annual reports, Trustees' reports, accounts and other documents can also be downloaded from the website.


The UK Web Archiving Consortium is archiving the website on a regular basis.

Access Rights

The Museum and Archives collections are accessible to researchers by appointment only. Research hours are between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, Monday to Friday. Directions can be found on the BRC website.

Size of Collection
Finding Aids/Catalogues

See reference to two NRA catalogues below. There is no online catalogue available, but more details on the collection can be viewed on the Redcross website.

Reference of CatalogueNRA 40758 Red Cros NRA 40767 Red Cross;
Additional information

Many local branches of the Red Cross have deposited papers in local repositories. For more information, see the NRA website. Some online catalogues are available for some of them (eg. Barrow-in-Furness branch, Lancashire; Camberwell branch, Surrey: ; Cardiganshire branch, Dyfed; Petworth branch, Sussex).

Source of InformationC. Cook, The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives, 2006; NRA; website of the BRCS
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