Pioneers: Ruth Nicholson, FRCOG 1931

This month’s Pioneers post explores the life and work of Dr Ruth Nicholson (1884-1963). Ruth was one of the foremost medical women in the North of England during the early 20th century. Recently, we were lucky enough to ask questions about Ruth to Rosemary Nicholson, wife of Ruth’s nephew and an advocate for the remarkable…

New addition to the Archive: Papers of Morris Myer Datnow

Earlier this month, the College received a remarkable donation of unique archives from the descendants of the late Morris Myer Datnow (1901-1962, FRCOG 1939). Datnow was a founder member of the College and a close colleague and friend of RCOG co-founder Professor William Blair-Bell. Datnow was born in South Africa in 1901 and did his…

Pioneers: Louisa Martindale (1873-1966) FRCOG 1933

Louisa Martindale was a pioneering surgeon, an ardent suffragist and one of the most influential figures in Brighton in the early 20th century. She was Brighton’s first female GP. She served with the Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont during the First World War and as a surgeon in London during the Second World War. She…

Pioneers: Frances Mabel Huxley

This month’s Pioneer is Frances Mabel Huxley (1884-1969) Frances Huxley was a Manchester University educated gynaecologist whose work on postural apnoea in Glasgow earned her the MD with gold medal in 1912. She was respected and a brilliant medical student, however her application for a senior resident post at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester caused…

Pioneers: Margaret Fairlie, FRCOG (1891-1963)

This time (and in time for International Women’s Day), our Pioneers series takes a look at one of the early female Fellows of our College. When the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was founded in 1929, many practicing female gynaecologists initially hesitated to join. According to Fletcher Shaw’s history of the College, whilst they…

Pioneers: Dr June Scudamore FRCOG (1925-2008)

The weeks leading up to International Women’s Day are the perfect time to launch our newest regular feature: Pioneers, where we highlight innovators from within the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. We’ll celebrate the lives, careers and achievements of these medical titans, with profiles of 16th century midwives, 20th century Members and Fellows of the…

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…

A Surgeon and his Dog

Few things are more iconic than the image of a man and his dog. Today’s Explore Your Archive blog post looks at RCOG co-founder William Blair-Bell and his relationship with animals and with country life. While he had no children, Blair-Bell did keep dogs at his country house, Eardiston Estate. The most personal and humanising…

Stephen McGann from BBC’s Call the Midwife visits the RCOG

For today’s Explore Your Archive post, themed around ‘A Year in Archives’, we’re taking a short detour from the life, work and times of William Blair-Bell to focus on the achievements of our College’s library and heritage services. This year has been a busy one for us. We welcomed a new Archivist as well as…

A Very Recognisable Head of Hair

Look at any group photograph of the Gynaecological Visiting Society and one head always stands out: that of the GVS’s and the RCOG’s co-founder William Blair-Bell. In a sea of dark hair and balding heads, Blair-Bell’s head of striking white hair (which, according to his friend Fletcher Shaw, ‘time whitened without thinning’) is instantly recognisable….