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…

RCOG Heritage: Fantastic Finds for Friday #5

Nellie joined us for a week’s work experience during a school break, and wrote the following about one of the projects she enjoyed at the RCOG. Having the opportunity to gain work experience last week working as an assistant archivist at the RCOG, I was lucky enough to be able to go down to the…

RCOG Heritage 7: Solving a mystery!

Followers of this blog may remember that back in January I got rather excited about some ‘treasures’ found in the College safe, which found their way to me. One of these treasures was a First World War ribbon bar, and I explored through this blog the medals which belonged to these ribbons, and the possible…

RCOG Archive 1: Midwives Certificates and more!

Last week saw the RCOG Knowledge Management team buzzing around like a hive of industrious bees, pushing trollies, sorting piles of books, often dusty and grimy and a bit weary from the unaccustomed physical labour! The annual stocktaking week has been a chance for some essential housekeeping in the library, archive and museum stores to…

Blair-Bell 13: A man of different hats….

As I draw to the end of this phase in the cataloguing project, I begin to understand just how this collection of papers of Professor William Blair-Bell provides a wonderful story of him as a medic and a man during the 1920s and 1930s. The same themes recur over the three series of papers (S1,…

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 8: Wills and Wartime!

Having turned my back on the dirt and disarray of the uncatalogued section of the first phase of the Blair-Bell project, I began the next phase of the project by looking at the small series of letters and papers relating to Professor Blair-Bell which had come from diverse sources. Not as exciting, but still some…

Blair-Bell 7: Dirt and disarray!

This blog covers the end of this first stage in providing a comprehensive catalogue to the papers of Professor William Blair-Bell held here at the RCOG. This part of the project looked at material originally catalogued and referenced S1, and is composed of records bought by the College at auction in 1986. Catalogue descriptions consisted…