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Heritage Committee

See here for details of the Heritage Collections (Archive, Artworks, Museum and Rare Books). 

Reporting Mechanism

The Committee reports to the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC).

Meetings 2024

Wednesday 31 January

Wednesday 01 May

Wednesday 18 September


  • Provide oversight in relation to the management of the College’s Heritage Collections.
  • Ensure good governance and good practice in relation to the Heritage Collections.
  • Support the College in retaining our Archive Service Accreditation and obtaining and subsequently maintaining Museum Accreditation.
  • Approve and provide reassurance to the F&GPC that appropriate policies, plans, procedures and programming pertaining to the Heritage Collections are in place and adhered to.
  • Discuss and agree acquisitions and disposals where appropriate in line with approved policies.
  • Advocate for and promote the Heritage Collections internally at the RCOG and externally, in order to bring attention to, and public awareness of, the RCOG’s current work and goals.
  • Ensure that professional standards of management, care, access and interpretation of the collections are maintained.
  • Report on Activity to the F&GPC, demonstrating due diligence.
  • Keep in line with regulations and other governing documents, and legal and regulatory requirements.


  • Chair (Interim): Ms Kate Lancaster
  • Executive Director, External Affairs: Mr Ben Butler
  • Fellows’ Representative: Prof Alan Cameron
  • Members’ Representative: Dr Michelle Kemp
  • Members’ Representative: Dr Kimberley Raynsford
  • Independent member
  • Independent member
  • Independent member
  • Trainees’ Member Representative: Dr Simran Bansal
  • SAS/LED Member Representative: Dr Sarah El-Khatim

In attendance

  • Head of Information and Governance: Ms Ciara Shimidzu
  • RCOG and RCM Curator: Mr Peter Basham
  • RCOG and RCM Archivist: Ms Clare Button
  • RCM Head of Midwifery Information and Research Services (RCM): Dr Sara Webb FRCM
  • Executive Director, Membership Global and Governance (RCOG): Ms Kristen Morgan