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…

“Many Charming Letters” from Blair-Bell to Fletcher Shaw

Today’s post for Explore Your Archive Week offers a sneak peek at our latest exhibit, which opens in the RCOG Library tomorrow. Our exhibit “Many Charming Letters” showcases the founding years of the College through the letters, mementos and photographs of its founders, William Blair-Bell and William Fletcher Shaw. A star of the exhibit is…

“A restless, lovable torch-bearer”: Who Was William Blair-Bell?

In 48 hours, archives and heritage services around the country will kick off Explore Your Archive Week 2016! This event, run by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association from 19th-27th November, brings our archives together to show off the best their collections have to offer. Here at the Archive of the Royal…

Something of Our Own: The Story Behind Fellows and Members Robes at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be holding its next Fellows Admissions Ceremony at its headquarters near Regent’s Park this Friday. The ceremony marks the formal confirming of Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship status to eligible members of the College. All obstetric and gynaecological practitioners who complete the RCOG’s membership examinations and fulfil certain…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: A Letter from Florence Nightingale

This month’s Fantastic Find comes courtesy of the ‘Lady of the Lamp’. There are few nurses more well known than Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910). Venerated as a hero of the Crimean War for her management of nurses treating wounded soldiers, Nightingale was also an author. Her book Notes on Nursing: What…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Satirical Drawings from the Archive

This month’s Fantastic Finds post showcases some of our archive’s satirical drawings and caricatures. Topics such as death, disease and medical reform are fertile ground for dark humour and satire. Medicine can also serve as an affective metaphor for criticising unpopular legislation and political decisions. Likewise, prominent figures in healthcare and politics have long been…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: the Anatomical Drawings of Andrew McWhinnie

This month’s Fantastic Find is a collection of anatomical diagrams and sketches drawn with painstaking precision by the anatomist and general surgeon Andrew Melville McWhinnie. Here at the RCOG archive we hold six plates taken from one of McWhinnie’s surgical publications. They were transferred to the Archive in 2012 during a reorganisation of the heritage…

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…