Records of the President of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the correspondence and papers of the following individuals who served as President of the Royal College Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute):

  • RCM/E3/1/1 - Edith Pye (1930-1949)
  • RCM/E3/1/2 - Mabel Liddiard (1943-1952)
  • RCM/E3/1/3 - Nora Deane (1953)

Administrative / Biographical History

The role of the President of the Royal College of Midwives has evolved since the organisation was founded in 1881. During the early years there were no restrictions as to how long a person could hold this office. Jane Wilson, for example was President of the College for 18 years from 1894 to 1911.

However in more recent years the President, must be a member of the Council for at least one year, is appointed annually by the Council and can then only serve for a period of two years, but after that must retire for a period of three years before being eligible for re-election.

The President remains responsible for presiding over the Annual General Conference as well as representing the College at official events and functions, wearing the Presidential Chain of Office. This role is generally offered to a local personality who may or may not be a midwife but must show an interest in and knowledge of issues that affect the midwifery profession.


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.