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…

Explore Your Archives 2014: ARCHI’VE DISCOVERED!

As I see it, Explore Your Archive week is as much about telling everyone about the amazing stories which have been discovered as well as those which still wait to be told, and here among the collections of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, there have been two…

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…

RCOG Heritage 5: Fabulous Finds for Friday #3

Lots for me to get excited about this week and to reinforce my vision of a unique and recognised centre here at the RCOG for the history of women’s healthcare! First, a visit from two lovely ladies, who just happened to be past President and past General Secretary of the RCM. The library resounded with…

RCOG Heritage 3: Fantastic Finds for Friday!

I really do have one of the most fascinating and exciting jobs in the RCOG, and I am often reminded of this on a Friday, the last day of the working week when we are all thinking about our Friday night glass of wine (is that just me?) and the weekend ahead. This is the…

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…