About this blog and the RCM Library

This blog is brought to you by the professional archivist and librarian working on the collections of the Royal College of Midwives.

The intention of this blog is to highlight some of the interesting 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’. This was the first known form of published communication which reached all sectors of the midwifery profession throughout the UK, and was begun by the Midwives’ Institute (the former name of the RCM) in June 1887 as part of their mission to improve the education and professionalism of midwives. The monthly journal consists of articles and professional guidance relating to midwifery, news from the Central Midwives Board (and it’s successors) relating to registration and regulations, adverts and other news relating to midwifery.

A complete series of the journal from 1887 is held within the Library of the Royal College of Midwives, which is now housed at the headquarters of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, together with the RCM Archive and Museum. 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.

You can expect to find here a monthly blog highlighting a month from random volumes of ‘Nursing Notes’ and its successors, together with other interesting articles and snippets of historical information from the fascinating library and archive collections of the RCM.

Information about the RCM Archive and Library collection can be found on the RCOG website and we hope to add more information to this blog during 2015 – so watch this space! An online catalogue is available through the Archives Hub

Disclaimer: This is the official blog of the library and heritage collection 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 RCM website for current guidelines, activities and statements at www.rcm.org.uk

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    1. Contact us at archives@rcog.org.uk and we will see if we can help you with your research!

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