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…

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…

Fantastic Find for Friday: Some inspirational female Fellows!

Our Fantastic Find for Friday this week comes from the papers of the Women’s Visiting Gynaecological Club held here in the RCOG Archive (Reference S108). More specifically, it is this photograph, taken in Manchester in 1937, which prompted me to share this find with the heritage blog! As is the usual nature of our ‘fantastic…

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…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March), today’s Fantastic Find from the RCOG Archive brings you a letter from 1899 which gives a glimpse into the efforts of one woman to enter the medical profession. The letter is a testimonial written for Harriet Bird by the Austrian gynaecologist and master of hysterectomy, Ernst Wertheim…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Bethel Solomons’ Hat!

Bethel Solomons (1885-1965) was born in Dublin and spent most of his professional life there. As Master of the Rotunda Hospital, he organised the first sterility clinic in Dublin, and was a founder fellow of this College and an honorary fellow of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was elected President of 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 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…

Museum 1: Preservation Measures for the RCOG Permanent Exhibition

Since March this year, the RCOG heritage team has been lucky enough to have the voluntary services of Vibe, a student on the postgraduate museum studies course at University College London. She has brought her professional knowledge and enthusiasm to the team (which has sorely felt the need of a professional museum curator), and pointed…

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…