Fantastic Finds for Friday: Midwifery and Gynaecology Examinations before the RCOG

This month’s Fantastic Find is a selection of examination papers for obstetric and gynaecological practitioners which predate the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists by over thirty years. The RCOG was only the third royal medical college to be established in England, but it is centuries younger than its predecessors: the Royal College of Physicians…

Celebrating 500 years of Pregnancy and Birth

Since April this year the library and archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been involved in a Knowledge Exchange Partnership with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the De Partu History of Childbirth Group. The partnership mines the college’s rich collection of over 2000 books and extensive archive material…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: One RCOG Fellow and the Second World War

Our Fantastic Find for Friday comes from the papers of RCOG President, Sir Eardley Holland, who was President between 1943 and 1945. In the summer of 1945, Sir Eardley received a letter from College Fellow, Major Hugh McLaren, who was serving with No.10 British Casualty Clearing Station as part of the British Liberation Army in…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: A Poignant Note for Valentine’s.

It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day,  when I look desperately around the RCOG Archive for a hint of sweetness and romance so that I can lighten the day for College staff and others. This Fantastic Find for Friday literally fell into my hands this week while continuing to catalogue the papers of the…

ARCHI’VE EXPLORED: Explore Your Archive, 2013

Explore the collections of the Royal College of Midwives and find out what life as a midwife has been like over the last 150 years. That is the message we are sending out for the Explore Your Archive week, where archives are inviting archive users and non-users to find out some of the treasures held in…

RCOG Heritage 6: Fantastic Finds for Friday #4: BCOG robe designs

Not a totally new find, and maybe one you may have seen before, but time spent on a bit of recataloguing and repackaging often brings to light items which have long lain hidden in their protective boxes. Among the College Special Collection of papers, at reference S68, are no more than seven items, varying sizes…

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 4: Fantastic Finds for Friday #2

Have I mentioned before how much I love my job? And the thing I love most is that unexpected find, that letter or photograph or artefact which makes me smile because I found it in the most unexpected place! This week has seen me trawling through a massive box which had lain hidden behind the…

RCOG Heritage 3: Fantastic Finds for Friday!

I really do have one of the most fascinating and exciting jobs in the RCOG, and I am often reminded of this on a Friday, the last day of the working week when we are all thinking about our Friday night glass of wine (is that just me?) and the weekend ahead. This is the…