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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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Educational institution in Southwark

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (including the collections of the Royal College of Midwives) holds unrivalled historical material relating to women’s healthcare – Archives, Museum and Rare Books. The collection includes sculptures and portraits of past presidents and eminent figures in obstetric, gynaecological and midwifery history. A highlight is a largescale painting by Terence Cuneo, depicting the Queen opening the College’s previous home at Sussex Place. Another work – dating to the 17th century – is believed to be the oldest painting with a depiction of breastfeeding in the UK. 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, near 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 heritage@rcog.org.uk

10–18 Union Street, London, Greater London SE1 1SZ England

Heritage@rcog.org.uk

020 7045 6774

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https://www.rcog.org.uk/guidance/library-services/heritage-collections-archives-and-museum/