Records of the Education Committee of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes of the Education Committee of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1944-1950), relating to the arrangements for, and subjects of, lectures, courses and conferences for midwives, as well as the granting of scholarships.

Administrative / Biographical History

Since it was founded in 1881, the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) has been dedicated to providing educational opportunities for midwives. The Education Committee was established on 14 February 1944, to oversee the arrangements for, as well as subjects and syllabus of, the summer schools, lectures, intensive courses and teachers' conferences that were increasingly held at the College.

At the same time a number of the affiliated midwives associations across the country, had also started to organise intensive refresher courses for local midwives. The first Education Officer, Mary Hurry was subsequently appointed by the Education Committee to coordinate this movement in 1944.

The Education Committee was also involved in providing a scholarship in the name of Arnold Walker, in gratitude for his work as the chairman of the Midwives Panel of the Midwives Salaries Committee, as well as a scholarship founded to enable a midwife to assist a doctor undertaking research into the use of analgesia in childbirth.

The Royal College of Midwives continues to arrange training and professional courses for midwives, with a view to promote clinical excellence and develop the midwifery leaders of tomorrow.


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

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Custodial History

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