Work Experience in the RCOG Archive!

This week’s post comes from Genevieve, a 6th form student, who spent a week working with the RCOG heritage collection. Below she summarises her experience, the unexpected aspects of her placement, and her recommendations to fellow 6th formers working on their Extended Project Qualification. I never really knew what to expect when doing work experience…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: An extra special Honorary Fellow!

This week’s Fantastic Find is not so much a ‘find’ but rather an exciting and generous donation to the RCOG Archive! The gift came from Ian Harley FRCOG, during his visit to the College from Ireland earlier this week, and came in the form of a tube containing rolled up certificates. On closer examination, these…

Explore Your Archive 2014: A volunteer’s experience at the RCOG

Chiara Codeluppi joined the archive at the RCOG in October 2014 on a voluntary work experience placement to learn more about how archives are managed in the UK and to extend her already extensive archival experience. Getting to grips with Adlib and records management processes, her enthusiasm is evident in both her work and in…

Explore Your Archives 2014: ARCHI’VE DISCOVERED!

As I see it, Explore Your Archive week is as much about telling everyone about the amazing stories which have been discovered as well as those which still wait to be told, and here among the collections of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, there have been two…

Explore Your Archives 2014: A Day in the Life of an Archivist

As part of yesterday’s national Twitter event among archivists to celebrate Explore Your Archives by tweeting their typical day, I decided that mine would take the form of a blog post. Thus a run-down of my day as Archivist and Records Manager here at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists! 8am – in early…

Blair-Bell 14: The Datnow Papers

Regular visitors to this blog may remember that it all started with the co-founder of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Professor William Blair-Bell, and the extensive project to catalogue his personal and professional papers held in the College Archive. The impetus to this project back in January 2012 was the recent acquisition of…

Blair-Bell 10: Blood Transfusions and Cancer Research

And so the cataloguing continues, and the overriding theme of these series of papers relating to Professor Blair-Bell seems to be his connection with the Liverpool Medical Research Organisation ath the University of Liverpool, including its administration, and his involvement in research into the use of lead preparations as a treatment for cancer. Some of…

Blair-Bell 4: A bit of detective work…

The requirement to be something of a Sherlock Holmes is not generally seen as being one of the skills needed for archive work, but this was certainly the case this week! Quite often, in order to place the context to papers and enable access to as many readers as possible, we need to probe a…