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…

Move Update

Please find below our official move update:   Library and Heritage Collections: our move and temporary closure Later this year, mid-November, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will be moving to their new home in Union Street, located close to London Bridge. The RCOG’s Research and Information Services, including library, archives, rare books,…

Pioneers: Dame Hilda Lloyd, PRCOG 1949

This is no better way to end our series of posts on our College’s historic female members than to profile the College’s first female President, Dame Hilda Lloyd. Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Hilda Lloyd was a woman ahead of her time. She qualified in 1916 at Birmingham Medical School during a time when almost half…

Pioneers: Gertrude Dearnley, FRCOG 1929

This month’s Pioneer’s post looks into the life and career of the illusive Gertrude Dearnley, FRCOG. Dearnley is one of the most challenging women to research in our College’s history. Photographs of her are hard to come by (one of our annual reports gave us a glimpse of only her nose!) But her contributions to…

Pioneers: Louise McIlroy, FRCOG 1929

Anyone wanting to know about the involvement of medical women in the history of the RCOG should start at the beginning. And that beginning was Dame Louise McIlroy. As well as being one of the College’s first female Fellows and a foundation Fellow of the Colleg, McIlroy was also the first women on the RCOG…

A Joint Blog for Explore Your Archive Week 2017

To mark this year’s Explore Your Archive Week, the RCOG Archive has teamed up with its sister Colleges, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Our joint-blog post delves into what our individual archives hold and where researchers can go to find out more about the…

Safe, simple, reliable: the hidden history of tampons

In August 1941, College co-founder and then President William Fletcher Shaw was contacted by the British Medical Association for advice on the safety of Tampax brand tampons. The British Medical Journal had included an advertisement for the brand in their July issue. The full page advert reassured readers that its products were ‘entirely safe, simple…

Pioneers: Margaret Ida Balfour (1865-1945) FRCOG 1931

This month’s Pioneers post honours Margaret Ida Balfour, an early Fellow of the College whose efforts helped shape maternity care for women in India over a century ago. Margaret Ida Balfour – known to her family simply as ‘Ida’ – was born into a large family in Edinburgh in 1865, where her father, Robert, was…