A New Home for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

For readers of this Blog who are unaware, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be relocating later this year. New premises have been secured at Union Street near London Bridge. The work on the new building should be completed in the autumn 2019 with the move to take place before the end of November.

As part of this move the Heritage team have been extremely busy working on preparing the collections for the move and planning the future of the Heritage Collections at our new site. Over the course of the next few months we will bring updates on the move in relation to the heritage collections via this blog, including the work we are doing, interesting finds and updates on possible temporary closure periods.

In the meantime I wanted to share a few images of the various homes the College has inhabited, from its first home in Manchester, the move to London to Queen Anne Street, to its current home at Sussex Place.

Manchester: The Beginning

The College originally operated from William Fletcher Shaw’s own rooms in Manchester, in the building shown below.


Move to London

In 1932 new headquarters were opened by the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth).

The College’s first London headquarters on Queen Anne Street.

The New Building at Sussex Place

The College’s current headquarters were designed by Louis de Soissons and the foundation stone was laid by the Queen Mother in 1957. The new building at 27 Sussex Place opened in 1960.


Those of you who have visited the College in recent years will recognise the below.

Sussex Place reception
Sussex Place Members Lounge 2019
View of the College in 2019

Please come back for further updates on our Heritage Collections as we prepare to move them to their new home.

Information about the move can be found here:



Copyright of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.



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