Alternative Reference numberLD2232-2234
TitleRoyal College of Midwives, Sheffield Branch
AdminHistoryThe Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is a professional organisation and trade union for the midwifery profession.

The forerunner of the Royal College of Midwives, the Matron's Aid or Trained Midwives Registration Society, was founded in 1881. Shortly after its founding, the Society changed its name to The Midwives' Institute. The ethos of promoting education for midwives has been a key objective of the RCM since Dame Rosalind Paget, one of the founding members, joined the Trained Midwives Society in 1886 and organised the first series of lectures.

In 1941 the Midwives' Institute changed its name to become the College of Midwives and in 1947 it received a Royal Charter. Following the introduction of the Industrial Relations Act, members of the College voted in 1976 to become a trade union, and the College was formally divided into the Royal College of Midwives Limited and the Royal College of Midwives Trust (an educational charity).

Today there are over over 200 RCM branches across the UK. The inaugural meeting of the Sheffield branch was held in 1954.

Source: Royal College of Midwives, 'RCM History' (PDF). Retrieved 28 Sep 2017.
Description1. Minutes, agendas and reports of meetings, 1954 - 1981;

2. Correspondence and papers, 1948 - 1982;

3. Sheffield Area Health Authority (Teaching) - operational plans, 1979 - 1984;

4. Southern Sheffield Community Health Council, annual report, 1975;

5. Sheffield Family Service Unit, annual reports, 1973/1974 - 1976/1977;

6. Address books of people and associations connected with the Sheffield Branch, [20th cent];

7. Papers relating to the Royal College of Midwives, national organisation, 1961 - 1981.
Date1948 - 1984
Extent2,229 items
AccessConditionsAccess restricted for 50 years. Please contact the Archivist for advice on accessing these files.
RelatedMaterialSheffield City Archives:
Records of Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield, 1863 - 2000 (NHS12).

Papers of Nurse Constance Maplethorpe (Sister in Midwifery at the Northern General Hospital), 1942 - 1970 (NHS20/5/3).

Papers of Olive Crossley MBE, midwife, Sheffield [1930s] (1999/60).

Sheffield Local Studies Library:
Tania McIntosh, A Price must be paid for motherhood: the experience of maternity in Sheffield, 1879-1939, 1997 (306.8743 SQ).

Kate Aspinall, An Extraordinary ordinary woman: the story of Ann Garner, a Sheffield midwife, 1997 (618.2 S).
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