Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. After the First World War, the Red Cross switched its focus to getting the British public fit and healthy, with some inspiring posters.
The Red Cross played a huge role in the First World War. Over 90,000 people signed up to volunteer, helping with everything from nursing to air raid duty.
Once the war ended, we decided to have a big think about how to support the country in peacetime.
In May 1919, we announced that our role now included “the improvement of health, the prevention of disease, and the mitigation of suffering throughout the world”.
Sounds just like a lot of New Year resolutions, doesn’t it? More