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,…

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The 27th of October is the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Hertiage, where archives, libraries, museums and other collecting institutions around the world celebrate the special qualities of the sound and moving image collections they hold. “Through images and sound, audiovisual heritage provides unique insight to the past as the basis for looking to the…

Changes to Library Opening Hours

From Monday 18th September, the Reading Room of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be changing to 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, excluding English bank holidays and College closure days. Researchers wishing to access Royal College of Midwives or RCOG archive, museum and library collections outside these hours should email the Library and Heritage…

The Very First Issue of Nursing Notes: a Practical Journal for Nurses, 1888

We’re celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2017 by making available, for free download, the first issue of the very first volume of Nursing Notes, which became the official journal of the Midwives Institute (later the Royal College of Midwives). A searchable, scanned copy of this historic issue is free to download as a PDF:…

Fantastic Finds: A Mystery Midwifery Certificate from the 18th Century

You never know what you might find delving through a backlog of museum accessions. But that’s what makes it fun. Earlier this month, our Museum Curator for the Royal College of Midwives Heritage Team uncovered a beautiful (if somewhat battered) 18th century midwifery certificate awarded to a Mary Burford of the City of London Lying-in…

Edith Mary Pye (1876-1965) Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

This International Women’s Day we recognise the heroic efforts of Edith Pye, midwife, Quaker, humanitarian and International Relief Organizer. Edith Mary Pye was one of the earliest certified midwives, having qualified in 1906 at Clapham School of Midwifery, and she served as President of the Royal College of Midwives between 1928 and 1949. But it…

Vita Donum Dei: a Hymn for the Royal College of Midwives

You don’t have dig deep to find a special gem in the archives of the Royal College of Midwives. In time for the Christmas season, we recently unearthed a vinyl record featuring a 35-year old performance of a very special hymn entitled Vita Donum Dei. Vita Donum Dei had been the College’s motto since its…