Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held every few months, in January, March, July and October. Each meeting is split into open and closed sessions (in the following format: open agenda; supporting papers for open agenda items; closed agenda, supporting papers for closed agenda items, agendas of extraordinary meetings, supporting papers for extraordinary meetings).

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, General Secretary's report, membership matters, education, employment policy, health and social policy, international, nursing policy, research, reports from national boards.

During 1996 the topics discussed by Council in open sessions include:

Government bills

European Union developments

Labour relations

Industrial action

Structure of Council


Nurses in leadership

The topics discussed by Council in closed sessions include:

Financial matters

RCN publishing company


Thirteenth report of nursing staff, midwives and health visitors: review body for nursing staff, midwives, health visitors and professions allied to medecine

Industrial action

RCN library removal to Wigmore Hall



This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: one set covers four bound volumes containing copies of the original papers. These volumes are kept in Store A.

The other set consists of original loose papers, including supporting papers. These papers are kept in Store B.

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.