Records relating to Building and Central Services of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Scope and Content

Records relating to the maintenance of the buildings of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and administration of central services, including plans of the College premises at Queen Anne Street and Sussex Place in London (designed by the architect, Louis de Soissons), extensions to the buildings, building contracts, visitors books, and papers concerning functions held at the College.

This collection of papers consists of:

RCOG/G1 - Building and maintenance records relating to the sale of Queen Anne Street and the purchase of Sussex Place, 1953-1972

RCOG/G2 - Maintenance records relating to Sussex Place, 1959-1971

RCOG/G3 - Records relating to the proposed library extension at Sussex Place, 1966-1972

RCOG/G4 - Papers relating to equipment for the Nuffield Hall, Sussex Place, 1968-1969

RCOG/G5 - Papers relating to furnishing and heating of Queen Anne Street, and bequests to Sussex Place, 1952-1970

RCOG/G6 - Records relating to proposed extensions and developments at Sussex Place, 1952-1970

RCOG/G7 - Records relating to the redesign of the garden at Sussex Place, 1983-1984

RCOG/G8 - Surveyor's reports and correspondence relating to 8 Kent Terrace, 1985-1998

RCOG/G9 - Records relating to the second floor extension at Sussex Place, 1986-1990

RCOG/G10 - Papers concerning the installation of the College stained glass dome, 1989-1991

RCOG/G11 - Correspondence and papers of the College Secretary relating to accommodation needs and alterations, 1989-1995

RCOG/G12 - Records relating to the construction of the Education Centre at Sussex Place, 2000-2001

RCOG/G13 - Records of the RCOG Facilities Department and predecessors, 1975-2008

RCOG/G14 - Visitor books, 1932-2007

RCOG/G15 - Records relating to College Information and Communications Technology Systems, 1990

RCOG/G16 - College internal telephone directories, 1995-2007

RCOG/G17 - Building operation and maintenance manuals from Sussex Place, 1999-2001

RCOG/G18 - Papers relating to the electrical re-wiring of Sussex Place, 1993-1997

RCOG/G19 - Papers of the Deputy College Secretary relating to the Education Centre, Sussex Place, 1996-2001

RCOG/G20 - Building contracts and schedules for Sussex Place, 2007-2008

RCOG/G/PL - College plans, including buildings in Queen Anne Street, Kent Terrace and Sussex Place, London, and works by Louis de Soissons and partners, 1936-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

The mission of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is to set standards to improve women's health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology both in the UK and across the world. One of the principal means of achieving this aim is through the College's provision of education, training, assessment and professional development.

Maintenance of the College building was originally the remit of the College Premises Department, which grew out of necessity from ad hoc committees during the move of the College from premises in Queen Anne Street, London to purpose-built accommodation in Sussex Place, Regent's Park, designed by the architect, Louis de Soissons.The department oversaw further changes to the College building, culminating with the building of an award-winning underground Education Centre in 1991.

In 2009 the Premises Department became known as the Estates Department, in order to differentiate it from the Facilities Department, who managed all the meetings and events held in the building.

The Estates Department managed the maintenance of the College building at Sussex Place, as well as outside space, office accommodation, security and health and safety.


The natural arrangement of files and series is retained where possible, although some composite series exist which were brought together from different transfers of material in order to facilitate access.

Access Information

Permission is required from College senior management for external access to College records less than twenty years old: all other records are open by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Email:

Acquisition Information

Internal transfers from the Premises, Estates, and Facilities Department, and the College Secretary's Office.

Other Finding Aids

Details of contents of parts of the collection are available on request. Email

Details of some parts of the collection are available through the AIM25 network: please note that these are not current or updated descriptions and all enquiries should be made to the College Archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Care is required when handling large plans.

Archivist's Note

Record description compiled by Penny Bonning, Archivist, May 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Copyright lies with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and permission to reproduce material should be sought via the College Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate and routine administrative material is removed where applicable by the College Archivist.

Custodial History

This material was brought together through transfers from the Estates and Facilities Departments, added to earlier material from the College Secretary.


Additions to this collection are expected on a regular basis according to College record-keeping policies.