Covid-19 Update: Temporary Closure of Heritage Service

Please see the following update on the Heritage Service below: Due to the ongoing situation surrounding Covid-19 and pending further government reviews, the Heritage service has been temporarily suspended and we will be unable to respond to emails or enquiries at this time. Please re-direct enquiries regarding archived guidelines and publications or any urgent queries…

Our Baby for Mothers and Nurses

Our Baby: For Mothers & Nurses By Mrs J Langton Hewer Whilst we are all working from home and away from the collections I thought it would be an opportunity to share a few things from the collections digitally. Saying that, however, I am starting with an item which is not part of our accessioned…

Covid-19 update

Please see below for an update on our service in response to the current coronavirus pandemic: Library and Heritage Collection services during Union Street temporary closure  The new Reading and Quiet Room is closed until further notice during the temporary closure of Union Street due to Covid-19.  The Library and Archive Collections will continue to…

Opening of the new Reading Room at Union Street

This is just a very quick update to say the Archive is now open again to visitors by Appointment! The official opening of the College will not be for a little while yet, but from Tuesday 3rd March we have been able to open the Reading Room to visitors to the library and archive collections….

New Acquisitions to the Archive

New Acquisitions to the Archive Just a quick post to thank all the people who have donated to the archive over the last couple of years.  We regularly get offers of case registers, dug up in attics or discovered during house clear outs when relatives pass away or go into a home. These are always…

Sister Laura’s Food

Quite often it takes an enquiry to make you look at material in the archive which can otherwise be seemingly forgotten. I recently had an enquiry from someone interested in a leaflet on ‘Sister Laura’s Food’, which we hold in the archive and it is the first time I have even looked at this particular…

Move Update

Please find below our official move update:   RCM Library and Heritage Collections: our move and temporary closure Later this year, mid-November, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will be moving to their new home in Union Street, located close to London Bridge. The RCOG’s Research and Information Services, including library, archives, rare…

World Breastfeeding Week 2019

World Breastfeeding week is an annual event which has been held every year since 1992 and is organised by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). This year it is taking place from 1st-7th August 2019. World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, and to provide support for those who want to breastfeed,…

The Collections are Moving House

The collections of the Royal College of Midwives are cared for by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and have been since 2012. The collections compliment each other perfectly and will continue to do so, but, as of later this year, from a new location. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have been…

Zepherina Smith – International Women’s Day 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 this post brings you a short biography of Zepherina Smith (1836-1894), the inspirational woman who became the first president of the Royal College of Midwives. Zepherina Philadelphia Veitch was born in 1836 and was the daughter of  a clergyman. As a young woman she trained as a nurse…

Christmas in the Archives

Christmas in the Archives at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives   As a way to demonstrate the variety of material we have in the Archive and to have a bit of fun in the festive season we searched the collections to see what we have relating to…