Photo by Paul Schatzberger of a mother and child speaking to a woman GP

In-person exhibition: Women at the heart of general practice

In our 70th anniversary year, visit our headquarters to explore the roles that women have played in general practice through the College’s history and earlier. Discover the experiences of women in the wider team that has always supported general practice to provide the best care for patients.

Image credit: Paul Schatzberger.

When the College of General Practitioners was founded in 1952, less than 10% of general practitioners were women. Seventy years later, over 50% are women, and the College has had four women Chairs and six women Presidents.

This new exhibition on the ground floor of 30 Euston Square showcases stories and material from the College, its members and its collections, alongside loans and contributions from external individuals and organisations. From a witch’s charming stone to GP suffragettes, and a paediatric anaesthetic kit to a pioneering 1940s book on breastfeeding, the exhibition also puts the history of women in general practice in its wider context. The displays complement our existing online exhibition, with allied themes and QR codes throughout that signpost links between the virtual and physical material. The exhibition also brings the portraits of the College’s five women presidents into one public space for the first time.

Download the exhibition leaflet (PDF file, 916 KB)

Visit the exhibition

The 'Women at the heart of general practice' exhibition runs from March to September 2022 at the College’s headquarters building in London. Visitors must pre-book by contacting heritage@rcgp.org.uk to arrange a time.

See our contact page for our address, directions, and access information.

Deeds and words self-guided walks

A National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) procession. Credit: The Women's Library at the LSE

To accompany the exhibition, choose from two self-guided walks, both starting at 30 Euston Square, to trace the steps of remarkable women, in medicine and beyond.

Deeds and words circular walk (PDF file, 3.04 MB)

Deeds and words walk (RCGP to RCP) (PDF file, 5.46 MB)

A National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) procession. Credit: The Women's Library at the LSE.

Find out more online

Contributors

With thanks to Briony Hudson, Philip Milnes-Smith, Sharon Messenger, Heather Heath, Evie Snow, Alice Smith, Antoinette Hoyte, Amanda Howe, Swèta Rana, Katy Gardner, Helen Salisbury, Kenneth Collins, Bill Reith, Maureen Baker, Wendy Fenn, Michael Morris, Neil Handley, Felicia El Kholi, Mary Obiamiwe, Kate Adams, Angela Rosenfeld, Helen Kilminster, Clare Gerada, Helen Stokes-Lampard, John Ford, Aaliya Goyal, Kathy Davison, Paul Schatzberger, Diane Hudson, North Yorkshire County Record Office, Nick Baldwin, Great Ormond Street Hospital Archives, Gillian Murphy, The Women’s Library at the LSE, Warders Medical Centre, Liz Shepherd, Carnegie Heritage Centre, Cecile Oxaal, JPW Picture Hanging.

Design: Aura Creative

Print: Smith & Watts

Women in GP logo, including a woman's silhouette made up of a collage of different women, and the words 'women at the heart of general practice'

Contact us

If you have stories or material to share that links to your experiences of women and general practice, we would love to hear from you: heritage@rcgp.org.uk

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