Comprising artefacts and instruments in the fields of obstetrics, midwifery, surgery and gynaecology, and spanning over 500 years, the RCOG Museum is unique in the UK with its focus on women’s health care.
The Museum has grown through gifts and acquisitions since the foundation of the College, and now includes the complementary collection of the Royal College of Midwives.
The world famous Chamberlen forceps came to the RCOG in 1957, a gift from the Royal Society of Medicine, and are displayed on the 1st floor of the College. These 16th-17th century instruments were used in secret by the Chamberlens for over a century before their application became widespread. Their discovery in 1813, in an attic trapdoor at the family’s old house, allowed people to finally see the original designs of what became a ubiquitous tool in obstetrics.