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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

In 2019, the College converted a 19th-century hop warehouse and a 1980s office building, joined by a striking helical staircase, to form its new home in Union Street, London Bridge. It is also the home of a number of other women’s health organisations. The Heritage Collections can be viewed by prior appointment – please see our website for details, or contact us at

The Heritage Collections uniquely cover the history of obstetrics, gynaecology and midwifery. The accredited Archives contain papers discussing the founding of the College in 1929, case books, clinical guidelines, and a rare books collection. The Museum has a remarkable collection of obstetric forceps, from the secret early 17th century Chamberlen instruments, re-discovered in an attic in 1813, to those used today. Paintings and sculptures depicting personalities and scenes related to the specialties form an important part of the collection.

The RCOG now also houses the collections – papers and objects – of the Royal College of Midwives.

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Website: Heritage collections: Archives and museum | RCOG