RCM West Somerset Branch: Fifty Year History, 1945-1995

Scope and Content

Word-processed history of the RCM West Somerset Branch compiled by former Branch Chair, Miss Doris Martin to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the branch, including a list of branch chairmen, copies of affiliation certificates for the Minehead and Bridgwater branches, a list of Honorary Members, notes on Annual General Meetings, topics of discussion, affiliation with the National Council of Women, allocation of funds, celebrations for the RCM Centenary (1981), fund-raising events, and a summary of changes in midwifery seen over the fifty years.

Administrative / Biographical History

he West Somerset Branch was formed on 23 August 1945 from the amalgamation of three branches - Taunton, Bridgwater and Minehead. The names of the three branches were continued in the title of the newly formed branch in order to retain the identity of the earlier branches.The Minehead branch became affiliated to the Midwives Institute in 1923, having started as a member of the Somerset County Midwives Association.

The Bridgwater branch was formed in November 1932, and the inaugural meeting of the Taunton branch was held in April 1944.

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Custodial History

Transferred to the RCM Library and Archive by the President's Office in May 2012, and previously sent to the RCM President by Phyllis Searle, President of the West Somerset Branch in July 2000