Work Experience in the RCOG Archive!

This week’s post comes from Genevieve, a 6th form student, who spent a week working with the RCOG heritage collection. Below she summarises her experience, the unexpected aspects of her placement, and her recommendations to fellow 6th formers working on their Extended Project Qualification. I never really knew what to expect when doing work experience…

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…

Fab Find for Friday: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Forget about the month of March being dedicated to the Roman God, Mars, who was the god of agriculture and warfare – it is undoubtedly the month for women worldwide! The list of dates observed during March include International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, as well as Women’s History Day, and the whole month is…

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…

RCOG Heritage 2: Volunteering with William Smellie and Robert Barnes….

The Heritage team have been fortunate to have had the assistance of a couple of volunteers since the beginning of September, which has meant progress in a number of preservation and cataloguing tasks. Katie Truax is a history of medicine student from Edinburgh University, with a strong interest in women’s health, and has written about…

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 12: Important Connections in International Cancer Research Work

Two more boxes of papers relating to the career of Professor William Blair-Bell have been catalogued and repackaged since the last posting to this blog, and some quite exciting professional connections have been unearthed! As well as correspondence between 1926 and 1928 from random members of the public to Professor Blair-Bell, giving their own opinions…

Blair-Bell 11: ‘What does cause Cancer? Is it cold?’

This question was put to Professor William Blair-Bell by an anonymous correspondent sometime in 1926 or 1927, and serves as quite a good summary of the variety of letters received by him during his time spent on research work during the late-1920s. Newspapers throughout the country ran a story on the work on cancer treatments…

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…