Covid-19 Update: Temporary Closure of Heritage Service

Please see the following update on the Current situation: Due to the ongoing situation surrounding Covid-19 and pending further government reviews, the Heritage service has been temporarily suspended and we will be unable to respond to emails or enquiries at this time. Please re-direct enquiries regarding archived guidelines and publications or any urgent queries to…

Covid-19 update

Please see below for an update on our service in response to the current coronavirus pandemic: Library and Heritage Collection services during Union Street temporary closure  The new Reading and Quiet Room is closed until further notice during the temporary closure of Union Street due to Covid-19.  The Library and Archive Collections will continue to…

Opening of the new Reading Room at Union Street

This is just a very quick update to say the Archive is now open again to visitors by Appointment! The official opening of the College will not be for a little while yet, but from Tuesday 3rd March we have been able to open the Reading Room to visitors to the library and archive collections….

Medicine:The Wellcome Galleries

Hunter’s Gravid Uterus at the Science Museum I recently visited the Science Museum in South Kensington to look at their brand new Medicine Galleries. Of particular interest is one of our very own items. Some time ago the Science Museum approached me to ask if they could borrow one of our copies of the First…

Goodbye Sussex Place

It has been a long time since I have posted a blog. The preparations for the move to Union Street have kept the Heritage and Library teams very busy. Today is the last working day at Sussex Place. It has been 59 years since the College moved into its home in Sussex Place but the…

The Wandering Womb exhibition at the Royal College of Nursing

Late last year the RCOG lent a few items to the Royal College of Nursing for their temporary exhibition ‘The Wandering Womb’. The exhibition is still on until 22nd March 2019, after which part of the exhibition will travel to Edinburgh. Items lent by the RCOG include specula, pessaries, a coloscope and 19th century texts on…

Christmas in the Archives

Christmas in the Archives at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives   As a way to demonstrate the variety of material we have in the Archive and to have a bit of fun in the festive season we searched the collections to see what we have relating to…

Throwback Thursday: Abyssinian Medical Book

Throwback Thursday: Abyssinian Medical Book This unusual item was originally part of the rare book collection and was presented to the College Library by Roy Dobbin. Roy Dobbin was a foundation fellow of the College and professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Egyptian University in Cairo. He was also a collector of rare medical…

In the Archives: William Blair Bell and Cancer Research

  As September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month this blog will focus on a collection in the archive related to cancer research. The RCOG archives have extensive collections relating to Professor William Blair Bell, co-founder of the College and the first President, serving from 1929 to 1931. These collections cover his career and interests, both…

Happy 70th Birthday NHS

NHS 70 On the 5th July 2018 the NHS turns 70. It may not have been a smooth ride and there may still be many changes to make in the future but it is fair to say that the NHS has transformed healthcare in the United Kingdom. It should be celebrated that for 70 years…

A Royal Baby

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists would like to congratulate our Royal Patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, and of course the Duke of Cambridge, on the birth of their third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles born on the 23rd April 2018. The College was delighted when Her Royal Highness agreed to be our patron…

Morals and Medicine: a protest outside the RCOG in 1971

In honour of International Women’s Day, this month’s post is another fantastic find in the RCOG Archive. While sorting through a collection of press cuttings gathered by the College in the 1970s, I stumbled across a cutting showing the front of the College’s Sussex Place premises and featuring a very conspicuous group of protesters. This…