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…

Louise Bourgeois’s Observations: the earliest printed work by a midwife

This month our blog features a guest post from Valerie Worth-Stylianou. Valerie is a Senior Tutor at Trinity College and the Mellon-TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford. This blog post features an in-depth look at one of the RCOG’s early printed books which featured at the recent Knowledge Exchange workshop hosted by…

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…

RCOG Heritage: International Day of the Midwife, 2015

Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day which was initiated by the International Confederation of Midwives twenty-four years ago to recognise and raise the profile of the knowledge and skills of midwives across the world. The idea of an international union of midwives was established and developed in Belgium in 1922, and led…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Leeches!

Today’s fantastic find is definitely not for the squeamish! I always come across my best finds during a spot of routine cataloguing, and this week I have been working on some midwifery lecture notebooks which were donated to the RCM collection recently. These lecture notebooks were written by Ethel Maine as a student nurse and…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Votes for Women!

Although the purpose of this blog is to bring you items which have been ‘stumbled’ upon as I work my way through my daily tasks in the College Archive, this week’s Fantastic Find really is an unexpected find! I have been looking through some papers of the General Secretary of the Midwives’ Institute, dating from…

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…