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…

The Most Beautiful President’s Badge in London

The RCOG Library and Heritage Service extends a big thank you to everyone who visited our blog and reading room during Explore Your Archive 2016! As we reach the end of this year’s campaign, our blog is taking an artistic turn. Today we look at Blair-Bell’s designs for the College’s presidential badge. In 1932, William…

A Very Lucky Gift

It has been a hectic week for the RCOG Heritage Service. We’ve hosted celebrity guests, showcased some of the best our historic midwifery collections have to offer, and we’ve paid tribute to one of the most complicated figures in our College’s history. To round off Explore Your Archive Week 2016 this weekend, we are highlighting…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Exciting new collections for the RCOG!!

It isn’t often that we receive new collections for the RCOG heritage collections, so you can imagine how excited I am to bring you news of two new and interesting additions to the unique collections held here in Sussex Place! The first is a collection of obstetric and gynaecological instruments which were used in the…

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May

Friday 23 May has been designated International Day to End Obstetric Fistula by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is the subject of the recent blog by RCOG President, David Richmond. Dr Richmond highlights the good work being carried out by the College and its Fellows and Members to provide training and treatment for obstetric…

RCOG Heritage: Fantastic Finds for Friday #5

Nellie joined us for a week’s work experience during a school break, and wrote the following about one of the projects she enjoyed at the RCOG. Having the opportunity to gain work experience last week working as an assistant archivist at the RCOG, I was lucky enough to be able to go down to the…

RCOG Museum 2: One bookcase, two volunteers….

We are fortunate enough to have two lovely ladies volunteering for the RCOG Heritage Collection, Chloe who is a student on the UCL Museum Studies course, and Gemma who is hoping to gain a place at UCL on the Archives Management course. I set them both the task to create a display for the redundant…

RCOG Heritage 5: Fabulous Finds for Friday #3

Lots for me to get excited about this week and to reinforce my vision of a unique and recognised centre here at the RCOG for the history of women’s healthcare! First, a visit from two lovely ladies, who just happened to be past President and past General Secretary of the RCM. The library resounded with…

RCOG Heritage 2: Volunteering with William Smellie and Robert Barnes….

The Heritage team have been fortunate to have had the assistance of a couple of volunteers since the beginning of September, which has meant progress in a number of preservation and cataloguing tasks. Katie Truax is a history of medicine student from Edinburgh University, with a strong interest in women’s health, and has written about…