Thomas Ashby’s photographs of the British Red Cross in Italy during World War I.
The photo exhibition, titled “A different kind of bravery: Thomas Ashby’s photographs of the British Red Cross in Italy during World War I”, draws on the photographic works by Thomas Ashby, philanthropist and director of the British School at Rome during World War I, and aims to give greater visibility to the humanitarian cooperation between Italy and the United Kingdom at the time.
Twenty-five previously unpublished photographs show the activity that the British Red Cross carried out on the Italo-Austrian front, where Ashby, as a conscientious objector, operated as a volunteer for this humanitarian organisation.
The exhibition, organised by the British Embassy Rome, together with the British School at Rome and under the patronage of the Italian Red Cross, opened on Friday 22 May at the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome. The exhibition, part of the Italian government’s programme of official initiatives for the commemoration of the World War I centenary, remained here until 6 June.
The exhibition is now temporarily suspended while a new venue is decided.