Pioneers: Margaret Basden, FRCOG 1931 (1886 – 1974)

This month, Pioneers profiles the life and work of RCOG Fellow Margaret Mary Basden. Basden was a leading obstetric and gynaecological specialist, treating women around London, including in its poorest boroughs in the early 20th century. One of her greatest contributions to maternal health and wellbeing involved getting mothers up and out of bed during…

Changes to Library Opening Hours

From Monday 18th September, the Reading Room of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be changing to 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, excluding English bank holidays and College closure days. Researchers wishing to access archive, museum and library collections outside these hours should email the Library and Heritage team to request an appointment. Where…

Pioneers: Frances Ivens (1870-1944) FRCOG 1929

This month’s Pioneers profile focuses on another veteran of Royaumont Military Hospital: Frances Ivens. Before becoming a founding Fellow of the RCOG, Ivens was a recipient of the Legion of Honour for her heroic efforts treating wounded allied soldiers, often just miles from the front lines during the First World War. Born Mary Hannah Frances…

Pioneers: Ruth Nicholson, FRCOG 1931

This month’s Pioneers post explores the life and work of Dr Ruth Nicholson (1884-1963). Ruth was one of the foremost medical women in the North of England during the early 20th century. Recently, we were lucky enough to ask questions about Ruth to Rosemary Nicholson, wife of Ruth’s nephew and an advocate for the remarkable…

New addition to the Archive: Papers of Morris Myer Datnow

Earlier this month, the College received a remarkable donation of unique archives from the descendants of the late Morris Myer Datnow (1901-1962, FRCOG 1939). Datnow was a founder member of the College and a close colleague and friend of RCOG co-founder Professor William Blair-Bell. Datnow was born in South Africa in 1901 and did his…

Pioneers: Louisa Martindale (1873-1966) FRCOG 1933

Louisa Martindale was a pioneering surgeon, an ardent suffragist and one of the most influential figures in Brighton in the early 20th century. She was Brighton’s first female GP. She served with the Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont during the First World War and as a surgeon in London during the Second World War. She…

Pioneers: Alice Bloomfield

Born in India, Alice Bloomfield and her family moved back to Britain after the death of her father. With a view to becoming the family breadwinner, Alice enrolled as a medical student at Edinburgh University where she graduated with first class honours in 1919. Her keen mind and academic brilliance made a star in the…

Pioneers: Frances Mabel Huxley

This month’s Pioneer is Frances Mabel Huxley (1884-1969) Frances Huxley was a Manchester University educated gynaecologist whose work on postural apnoea in Glasgow earned her the MD with gold medal in 1912. She was respected and a brilliant medical student, however her application for a senior resident post at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester caused…

An interview with William Fletcher Shaw on his visit to Australia in 1947

Seventy years ago, RCOG President and co-founder Sir William Fletcher-Shaw travelled to Australia to hold a membership examination in the country for the first time in the College’s history. While making this historic visit, Fletcher-Shaw gave a brief interview, which gives us one of the few recordings we have of him in our collections. But…

Pioneers: Margaret Fairlie, FRCOG (1891-1963)

This time (and in time for International Women’s Day), our Pioneers series takes a look at one of the early female Fellows of our College. When the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was founded in 1929, many practicing female gynaecologists initially hesitated to join. According to Fletcher Shaw’s history of the College, whilst they…

Pioneers: Dr June Scudamore FRCOG (1925-2008)

The weeks leading up to International Women’s Day are the perfect time to launch our newest regular feature: Pioneers, where we highlight innovators from within the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. We’ll celebrate the lives, careers and achievements of these medical titans, with profiles of 16th century midwives, 20th century Members and Fellows of the…