Records of the Women's Visiting Gynaecological Club

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Women's Visiting Gynaecological Club, including minute books, notes of meetings, photographs of members, and papers relating to a history of the club.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Visiting Gynaecological Club was founded in 1936 by female Fellows of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, spearheaded by Dame Hilda Lloyd and Alice Bloomfield, in response to the two other visiting clubs, the Gynaecological Visiting Society and the Gynaecological Club, which were closed to women. At this time there were only 12 women holding the FRCOG who were working in the UK, and 9 of these came together for the first WVGC meeting held in Manchester in 1937. The original regulations restricted membership to only Fellows of the RCOG guided by the priniciple of having a member in each important centre in England, Scotland and Wales, with not more than half the members representing London, and that they should be in clinical obstetric and gynaecological practice. Meetings were held annually and included a Club dinner.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. archives@rcog.org.uk

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the Women's Visiting Gynaecological Club.

Reproductions for research purposes are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Gift to the RCOG by the WVGC in January 2009 with subsequent additions made in 2012.