About Us

This blog is brought to you by the heritage and library staff working with the historic collections of the Royal College of Midwives (the RCM).

This blog showcases the unique and wonderful heritage and library collections of the Royal College of Midwives. Comprising museum objects, archives, rare books and journals, these collections cover the history of midwifery from its professionalisation in the late 19th century to today. We also hold the historic records of the Royal College of Midwives charting its work as an advocate for maternal health care and for midwives all over the world.

As a unique resource dedicated to the history of women’s health, the two collections of the RCOG and the RCM include information on all aspects of clinical obstetrics, gynaecology and midwifery as well as education, the history of the two Colleges and the development of women’s health.

The heritage collections of the Royal College of Midwives are held at the headquarters of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (the RCOG) near London Bridge, London, and are open to researchers and the public by appointment. Our staff answer enquiries, handle literature searches and run exhibits and open days for College staff and the public.

On this blog you will find:

  • Information on the collections we hold and how you can access them.
  • Guides for researching ancestors who were midwives.
  • Fascinating and quirky articles found in the official journal of the Royal College of Midwives – originally known as ‘Nursing Notes’, then ‘Midwives Chronicle’ and today as ‘Midwives’.
  • Photographs of midwives bags, uniforms, badges and instruments from the RCM museum collections.
  • Posts highlighting treasures from the RCM archive and the special collections donated by midwives and their families.
  • Updates on events and exhibits held at the Library.

Disclaimer: This is the official blog of the Heritage Collections of the Royal College of Midwives, not of the Royal College of Midwives, and will not comment on or make statements on current College issues or procedures. Please see the Royal College of Midwives website for current guidelines, activities and statements at www.rcm.org.uk