Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held roughly every month, and the minutes of each meeting start with noting date, time and place. Items standard at each meeting: Present, letters and messages of regret, minutes of previous meeting, matters arising, correspondence, reports of standing committees (Finance Committee, Professional Association Committee, Establishment and General Purposes Committee, Education Committee, Public Health Section, Branches Standing Committee, Sister Tutor Section, Scottish Board, Committee for Northern Ireland, Private Nurses Section, Student Nurses Central Representative Council) and date of next meeting.

In 1944, Council members discussed:

Syllabus of the State Examinations and a comprehensive scheme of training

War emergency committee

Use of the term 'nurse-teacher'

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth to be President of the Student Nurses' Association

National Advisory Committee for the Recruitment and Distribution of Nurses and MIdwives - essential work order

Government white paper on a national health service

Wedding dresses from the USA for British serving women

Coat of Arms

Visit from the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Frank Newsom Smith

Civilian nurse air raid victims fund

Home nursing arrangements in the National Health Service

Emergency measures: dispersal of RCN work and staff due to the risk of the enemy using V2 weapons on London

Death of Rachael Cox-Davies, founder and three-time President of the RCN

Seaside Cottage, Bonchurch, re-opening after military occupation had ended


This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed. This volume is kept in Store B.

The other set is a copy of the original. This volume is kept in Store A.

Access Information

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Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

The main bulk of volumes came from London library historical collection to Edinburgh with the Archives' collections in 1992. Library maintained a copy set. From 1992 up until 2009 the papers were transferred directly by Council and Committee Admin (previously 'General Secretariat', or 'General Secretary's Office') One copy went to RCN Library for binding and the original to Archives, unbound. In January 2017 the two sets were brought together to create one full run of papers and an additional run, with copies of most years. The more complete set is held in Store A and the less complete set in Store B.