Pioneers: Margaret Basden, FRCOG 1931 (1886 – 1974)

This month, Pioneers profiles the life and work of RCOG Fellow Margaret Mary Basden. Basden was a leading obstetric and gynaecological specialist, treating women around London, including in its poorest boroughs in the early 20th century. One of her greatest contributions to maternal health and wellbeing involved getting mothers up and out of bed during…

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…

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…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: VE Day

Seventy years ago today, Great Britain and its Dominions (later the Commonwealth) celebrated the end of the war in Europe with jubilation and expressions of joy. At the RCOG’s headquarters in Queen Anne Street, London, the College held its 17th Annual General Meeting on 26 May 1945 – barely two weeks after VE Day, however…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: RCOG Christmas Cards

            RCOG co-founder, Professor William Blair-Bell, can be credited with starting the Christmas card tradition at the College, with his card to the Fellows and Members in 1930, in a move which he explained to his Honorary Secretary, William Fletcher Shaw, as a way to ‘increase the personal interest of…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: ‘Letters from Dad’ 1925

Today’s Fantastic Find for Friday comes from the papers of RCOG co-founder William Fletcher Shaw, and is something which really shows how unexpected items can crop up in an archive collection. In May 1925, William Fletcher Shaw toured France with his wife, and sent back home to his 11 year old son, William Meredith, letters…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: One RCOG Fellow and the Second World War

Our Fantastic Find for Friday comes from the papers of RCOG President, Sir Eardley Holland, who was President between 1943 and 1945. In the summer of 1945, Sir Eardley received a letter from College Fellow, Major Hugh McLaren, who was serving with No.10 British Casualty Clearing Station as part of the British Liberation Army in…

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…