William Blair-Bell's drawings of College robes and designs for the presidential badge, 1931

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Sketches and watercolours collated by Professor William Blair-Bell of possible designs for the Presidential badge and ceremonial robes of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Administrative / Biographical History

These drawings were formerly the property of William Blair-Bell. According to Fletcher Shaw in his history of the College, the badge was designed by Blair-Bell and Omar Ramsden, and presented to the College by the former. It was stolen in 1943; a new badge was copied from the original designs. The robes were also designed by Blair-Bell in conjunction with the firm of Ede & Ravenscroft.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

The designs were presented to the College by Lady Bell, wife of Sir Arthur Bell, the nephew of W Blair-Bell

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Penny Hutchins, College Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of William Blair-Bell.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Related Material

Related material also held at the RCOG may be found at the following references:

RCOG/A1/10 RCOG Foundation records: College seal, arms and badge

RCOG/A1/34 RCOG Foundation records: Presidential Robes (1931-1932)