Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held roughly monthly, with meetings in January, February, March, April, July, August and October. They are arranged in the following order: minutes of the previous meeting, minutes of current meeting, agenda of current meeting, papers of current meeting.

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, reports from committees, reports from national boards, use of the seal, membership numbers.

During 1967 the topics discussed by Council include:

Registration of clinical instructors

Golden Jubilee project

Extension of membership to student nurses

Shortage of tutors

Post-registration clinical courses

Staff development programme

Deduction of subscriptions at source

Cowdray Club

Employment of nurses in operating theatres

Coat of Arms

Membership records department

Nursing libraries

Nurse of the year award

Relationship between the RCN and the Nursing Times

Salmon report

Training of nurses and midwives in Northern Ireland

Care of the elderly

Overseas membership

Future of district nursing and district nurse training


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

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue is available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

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.