Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held roughly monthly, with meetings in January, March, April, May, July, September, October and December. 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 1965 the topics discussed by Council include:

Welfare of nurses in adversity


Publication of College salary scales

Accommodation of the College

Nation's Fund for Nurses

Coat of Arms

Golden Jubilee 1966

Registration of clinical instructors

Cervical cancer prevention campaign

RCN flag

Minimum age of entry to nurse training

Nurses and midwives Whitley Council

Extension of membership to Enrolled Nurses, Student and Pupil Nurses

Register of retired nurses

South Wales pit disaster (Cambrian Colliery)

Edith Cavell memorial service

Founders Day celebrations

Extra beds in hospital wards

RCN official staff

Guide to nursing establishments

A Reform of Nursing Education

RCN conferences


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, split into two volumes. One volume runs from 21 Jan to 29 Jul 1965, and the other from 29 Jul to 16 Dec 1965. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

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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.