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….

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…

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…

The Royal Maternity Charity and the First World War

The Royal Maternity Charity and the First World War On the Anniversary of the end of the First World War it seemed pertinent to look at the collections in relation to this. It might not seem an obvious connection, midwifery and the First World War, but we cannot forget that this was something which affected…

New collections: the life of Miriam Hiddy

Nurse and Midwife: Miriam Hiddy A couple of months ago a personal collection was sent to us in the post. It was sent through by a charity. A past chairman of this charity had recently passed away and his relatives were sorting through his papers. Amongst his own papers this collection was discovered. It appears…

A 19th Century Man-Midwife

A 19th Century Man-Midwife   A couple of months ago we acquired a wonderful donation in the form of two books written by Dr Philip Lawrence Hill in the 1800s. One, written in 1824 appears to be a completely hand-transcribed copy of a medical book. The other is a case register of a doctor and…

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of the Midwife The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated annually on the 5th May. It is now in its 27th year, having begun in 1992. The theme for this year is: Midwives leading the way with quality care In celebration of this it seemed a good opportunity to share a few photographs…