In 1967, the archives and artefacts collected by Dame Beryl Oliver, who had held a number of significant roles in the British Red Cross, were taken from 12 Grosvenor Crescent, London to Barnet Hill, Surrey, due to the re-planning of the National Headquarters of the British Red Cross. A small standing display was set up in 1969 for the British Red Cross staff and volunteers who visited. In 1985, the first professional archivist was appointed and began the development of the collection. A new exhibition was set up at Barnet Hill with assistance and advice from Surrey Museums Service. The museum and archives were registered under an official Government scheme.
The Museum and Archive Collection were awarded provisional registration status in 1992 under a Government initiative that recognised collections, which reached recognised standards of care and access. Full registration was gained in May 1994. In 1995 the first professionally qualified curator was appointed. The museum and archives collection was transferred from Barnett Hill to 9 Grosvenor Crescent in 2000. In March 'Lifelines' exhibition opened in the basement of Grosvenor Crescent, which was open to members of the public.
In December 2004, the Museum and Archives Collection transferred from Grosvenor Crescent to the new UK Office at 44 Moorfields with a limited number of items on display. In 2007 full museum accreditation status, was achieved.
UK Office, 44 Moorfields, London, Greater London EC2Y 9AL England
020 7877 7058
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