Records of the Overseas Committee of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes of the Overseas Committee of the Royal College of Midwives (1955-1932), relating to the recruitment, training and scholarships of foreign midwifery students working in the United Kingdom.

Administrative / Biographical History

By the end of the Second World War, the Royal College of Midwives had become a renowned training centre for midwives. As a result foreign midwifery students increasingly came to complete their training in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile the International Confederation of Midwives was formed in 1955, in order to strengthen midwives associations and to advance the profession of midwifery globally.

In response to this, the Overseas Committee was established on 16 September 1955, to arrange placements in hospitals, as well as introductory training and financial support for these foreign midwifery students.

Meetings of the Overseas Committee were attended by two Honorary Officers and six members of the College, elected annually by the Council as well as representatives from external bodies and organisations, including the Teacher Training College Council, the British Medical Council and British Red Cross.


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.

Access Information

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

Copyright belongs to the Royal College of Midwives. To reproduce this material, please apply via the College Archivist:

Custodial History

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