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THE FOETUS GOES PUBLIC: images of the unborn from the Middle Ages to the 21st century

The Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease is delighted to announce a forthcoming exhibition:  An exhibition of the history of the public images of embryos and foetuses will take place in the Holliday Building at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees from Friday 7th October until Friday 9th December.  The Foetus Goes Public […]

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Royal College of Midwives archives now searchable via the Archives Hub

A message from the Project Archivist at the RCOG , Clare Sexton: The top-level descriptions of organisational records of the Royal College of Midwives are now searchable via the Archives Hub: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/. This is the direct link to the overview to the collection –  https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/c099b9b5-6451-3c4c-a67a-8e994f80d2e9  Kind regards, Clare Sexton Project Archivist Royal College of Obstetricians […]

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Good news – RCM archives accessible again after more than three years in storage

The RCM has now transferred its archives and library books to the RCOG library in Regent’s Park, London. The archives have been catalogued, and anyone wishing to view the material is invited to contact the temporary archivist, Clare Sexton, at the RCOG. The draft catalogue is now available to De Partu members via the Members’ […]

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Of men-midwives, murderers, and historians …

The work of Don Shelton, featured in his article ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes‘, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 103 (2010) 46–50., where he claims that the eighteenth-century men-midwives William Smellie and William Hunter had women murdered to order, to provide the illustrations for their impressive atlases of obstetrics, has given rise to considerable controversy. Helen […]

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Bob Woods RIP

Regrettably, I have been informed that Bob Woods, John Rankin Professor of Geography at the University of Liverpool, has died. Some of you will have met him last year. Bob became an active supporter of De Partu in 2009. He attended the first annual lecture and was involved as an ‘expert’ at the first colloquium. […]

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“They gave us hope again”: Dachau concentration camp memorial site

On the 29th of April, which is the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp, the exhibition “They gave us hope again” was opened at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. The exhibition is dedicated to an historical aspect of the Dachau Concentration Camp which has received only little consideration hitherto: the […]

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Report of the De Partu and United Kingdom Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery (UKCHNM) first history of childbirth colloquium held on 23rd June 2010

The De Partu History of childbirth research group aims to provide a supportive network for active researchers working on research projects concerned with the history of childbirth and human reproduction or the history of midwifery. The most recent event, a history colloquium, was held in June 2010. A report follows by Julia Allison, freelance historian […]

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