Records of the Executive Committee (Affiliated Associations)

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes, correspondence and reports of the Executive Committee (Affiliated Associations) (previously the Representative Committee) of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1910-1932), relating to the policy, activities and business of regional midwives associations, with particular references to midwives fees and insurance, amendments to the rules of the Central Midwives Board, the provision of antenatal and postnatal care, the management of maternity services and maternal mortality.

Administrative / Biographical History

Following the passing of the Midwives Act of 1902, there was a substantial increase in the number of midwives associations working locally for the advancement of the midwifery profession. The leading members of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) travelled around the country to explain the advantages of midwives having a single united voice. As a result of these efforts, thirty-five midwives associations had been persuaded to affiliate themselves with the College by the end of 1910.

The Representative Committee of the Royal College of Midwives was subsequently established on 10 June 1910 in order to help manage the policies, activities, membership and finances of these affiliated associations. Meetings took place on a monthly basis and provided an opportunity for members of the Council, to discuss correspondence, reports and future arrangements. On 18 May 1923, it was decided that the Representative Committee should change its name to the Executive Council and Affiliated Associations Committee, before becoming increasingly referred to as the Executive Committee (Affiliated Associations) from around 1930.

By 2011 there were over 200 branches of the Royal College of Midwives operating across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. As a result all of the four countries in the United Kingdom, now also has its own Board, providing education and research, professional affairs and employment relations services to midwives in those countries.


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.