Records of the Midwives Bill Guaranteed Fund Committee of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes, correspondence, reports and accounts of the Midwives Bill Guaranteed Fund Committee of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1895-1902), relating to the raising of funds needed to support the campaign for the registration of midwives.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Midwives Guaranteed Fund Committee was established in 1889, in order to raise the funds necessary to support the work of the Midwives Bill Committee, which was called into existence at a meeting held at the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) on 9 January 1985.

The Midwives Bill Committee was responsible for drafting and amending bills, relating to the registration of midwives, before they were introduced to the House of Commons. It was also involved in producing literature and corresponding with other interested bodies, organisations and individuals connected with maternity and child welfare.

The fund was closed soon after the endeavors of those involved in the campaign to improve the statutory position of midwives were realised, with the first Midwives Act gaining royal assent on 31 July 1902.

At a meeting of the Council on 16 October 1902, it was decreed that the Guaranteed Fund had raised £628.19.1 'towards defraying the inevitable expenses connected with legislation and that had these funds not been placed at their disposal, the immense difficulties of a prolonged campaign which has only just terminated, would have been enormously increased'.


The original order of material is retained, although where this is not possible the arrangement of files has been based on the functions and activities of the organisation as well as chronology, subject and the needs of users.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required for external access to records less than twenty years old. Also restrictions apply if material includes personal information of living individuals. All other records are open to research by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. For further information about accessing the collection and visiting the reading room, please contact:

Acquisition Information

There is no record of the source or date of acquisition before this material was deposited under the terms of a collection care agreement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May 2011.


Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Project Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

Other Finding Aids

Further details of the contents of this collection are available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

This collection was previously held at the Royal College of Midwives.