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Library Europe's largest nursing-specific collection


The RCN archive contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Everyone is welcome to access this unique resource.

The majority of records relate to the work and history of the Royal College of Nursing, and include images, recordings and objects. The RCN also holds collections from other nursing organisations and private individuals. These collections include badges, postcards, files and photographs.


Visit the archive

The RCN archives are held in our Edinburgh office. Visitors are by prior appointment only.

42 South Oswald Road




Consulting hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please contact us in advance to arrange to see original records from our collections.:

Historical printed collections

Historical printed collections (historical and rare books, pamphlets and other publications) and history of nursing books can be viewed at the Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre:

Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre (Henrietta Place entrance)

20 Cavendish Square

London W1G 0RN

Please contact us in advance to arrange to see historical nursing journals over 25 years old.

For enquiries please contact us.