RCPCH archive

We preserve and enable access to records of our history as the British Paediatric Association (BPA) and a Royal College, and to the history of child health. Our collection may be of interest to those in researching the history of medicine, health and social policy and medical education.

Search our archive

Our archive may be of interest to those in researching the history of medicine, health and social policy and medical education.

It includes records of RCPCH and its predecessor the BPA from 1928 until present day, such as: 

  • records of Annual General Meetings, Committees and RCPCH Council 
  • records of Awards, Lectureships and Fellowships
  • records of historical College publications including annual reports, policy statements and Research and Clinical audit
  • legal and constitutional records.
Search the collection on our online catalogue

Access our archive

We welcome enquiries from members of the College as well as the general public. Access to records is on an appointment only basis.

We also welcome donations of material from members as well as individuals and organisations with an involvement in child health.

To request access, find out more or discuss a donation, please contact Adele Picken, Information Governance Manager, on adele.picken@rcpch.ac.uk

Research guides and resources

We have produced guides for researchers interested in the history of child health. These include guides on rickets, HIV and AIDS and World War II.

Access research guides

History

The BPA was set up with the aims of advancing the study of paediatrics and to promote friendship amongst paediatricians.

The association received Royal College status in August 1996, and took responsibility for the training and education of paediatricians in the UK. 

About College history