Celebrating our 180th anniversary

In 2021, we celebrated the 180th anniversary of the College and our predecessor organisations.

While the Royal College of Psychiatrists was founded in 1971, the first of our predecessor bodies, the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane, was founded in 1841. 

In 1865, the association became the Medico-Psychological Association and in 1926, the association received its royal charter, becoming the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, before going on to become the RCPsych in 1971. 

To mark the occasion in 2021 we also arranged a number of special events, including:

We also changed our College logo for the year to a special anniversary version (shown to the right) that was used on our website and across all of our social media channels.

A message from our patron

Our patron, HRH Prince Charles, recorded a special message to mark the College celebrating this milestone.

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