RCPsych Future Archives Competition

Do you want to make history?

The Royal College of Psychiatrists “Future Archives” competition is now open for submissions!

Founded in 1841, the RCPsych celebrates its 180th anniversary in 2021. We cannot change the resources we have about mental health in the past, but we can ensure that people in the future find perspectives from all individuals about what mental health practices, politics, services and research were like in 2020 and 2021.

To provide a broad perspective for future generations we invite everyone to contribute their thoughts and impressions of psychiatry and mental health services today and help create the RCPsych’s “Future Archives”.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Whether you’re a psychiatrist, a medical student, GP, nurse, campaigner, psychologist, AMHP, occupational therapist, patient, carer, or just happen to be interested in mental health, we would love to hear your thoughts. We want to make the RCPsych’s “Future Archives”’ as inclusive and holistic as possible!


We welcome all relevant submissions: prose, poetry, drama, film, or even comic strips! Anything up to 1000-words.  Submissions without words – cartoons, paintings, music – are also welcome but please include a brief commentary on your work.

The competition is now open. The closing date is 30 April 2021.

Send your entries by email to the College archivist, Francis Maunze, with Future Archives in the subject line: archives@rcpsych.ac.uk.


All entries will be assessed by a diverse panel of judges, including a journalist, a clinician, a patient, and a historian.


All entries will be deposited in the College archives, with the author’s agreement, for future generation to read and learn about psychiatry in the present day. Each author will receive a certificate confirming this.  In accordance with archives policy, should an author wish, it is feasible to state a period for which their submission will be ‘closed’ to public access, e.g. 10 or 25 years or longer.

Three winners will receive an iPad, and we will publish some entries in the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG) newsletter.

We will also invite three participants to discuss their entries and thoughts about present day psychiatry at the RCPsych International Congress in June 2021

For further information contact:

Francis Maunze archives@rcpsych.ac.uk

Claire Hilton historian@rcpsych.ac.uk

Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed.ibrahim13@nhs.net

Ready to Submit?

Entries can be submitted to archives@rcpsych.ac.uk

Including some brief information about yourself in your email will help provide context for future researchers. What information you include is up to you. Remember entries can be 'closed' to researchers for a number of years after submission.

Anonymous submissions are welcome but cannot be considered for prizes. 

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