“A restless, lovable torch-bearer”: Who Was William Blair-Bell?

In 48 hours, archives and heritage services around the country will kick off Explore Your Archive Week 2016! This event, run by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association from 19th-27th November, brings our archives together to show off the best their collections have to offer. Here at the Archive of the Royal…

Something of Our Own: The Story Behind Fellows and Members Robes at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be holding its next Fellows Admissions Ceremony at its headquarters near Regent’s Park this Friday. The ceremony marks the formal confirming of Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship status to eligible members of the College. All obstetric and gynaecological practitioners who complete the RCOG’s membership examinations and fulfil certain…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: An extra special Honorary Fellow!

This week’s Fantastic Find is not so much a ‘find’ but rather an exciting and generous donation to the RCOG Archive! The gift came from Ian Harley FRCOG, during his visit to the College from Ireland earlier this week, and came in the form of a tube containing rolled up certificates. On closer examination, these…

Fantastic Find for Friday: Honorary Fellowship of ACOG

This week’s Fantastic Find for Friday is in honour of the news that Professor Lesley Regan, Vice-President for Strategic Development at the RCOG has received an Honorary Fellowship from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Professor Regan is not the first among the RCOG‘s Officers to receive such an award, although she is 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…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Roses for Valentine’s Day?

  Valentine’s Day. Not much romance in a medical college devoted to obstetrics and gynaecology, I thought, as I wracked my brains to come up with a blog post for this week. So my mind drifted from hearts and chocolates to roses, then the nursery song, ‘Ring a Ring of Roses’ popped into my head, and…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: A bit of airbrushing, 1931 style!

By Penny Hutchins, RCOG Archivist Helping to upload to the College’s Media Library some photographs recently taken during the College’s last Annual Dinner, I was reminded of a wonderful letter which I found while cataloguing the papers of RCOG President, Sir Norman Jeffcoate. It was written by Sir Norman in 1991 and referenced the second College Annual…

RCOG Heritage 6: Fantastic Finds for Friday #4: BCOG robe designs

Not a totally new find, and maybe one you may have seen before, but time spent on a bit of recataloguing and repackaging often brings to light items which have long lain hidden in their protective boxes. Among the College Special Collection of papers, at reference S68, are no more than seven items, varying sizes…

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 4: Fantastic Finds for Friday #2

Have I mentioned before how much I love my job? And the thing I love most is that unexpected find, that letter or photograph or artefact which makes me smile because I found it in the most unexpected place! This week has seen me trawling through a massive box which had lain hidden behind the…

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,…