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RCPsych International Congress 2019

Please come to the HoPSIG session:

Want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness”: making it better? Episodes in psychiatric practice, 1880-1980.

Date: Tuesday 02 July 2019, 16.50-18.05

Venue:  ExCel, London 


A witness seminar on psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s, organised by RCPsych Archives together with HoPSIG

Date:  Friday 11 October 2019

Venue: RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

For more information on seminars go to: What is a witness seminar?

Our guests – doctors, nurses, civil servants, and others – will talk about their experiences of mental health services in the 1960s. 

We have not yet found a former patient to speak:  if you were a patient in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s and would attend or to speak, please contact Claire Hilton

2019 events 

March 2019

Aspects of the history of forensic psychiatry

The theme was Forensic psychiatry. Speakers were: 

Professor John Gunn- Trick-cycling through the Underworld: An overview of 50 years of academic forensic psychiatry by an emeritus professor of forensic psychiatry

Dr Harvey Gordon- The interface between general and forensic psychiatry: An historical perspective: Bethlem, Broadmoor and the local asylums in the nineteenth century

Ms Alison Pedley-  ‘She looked very wild, no doubt she was insane’: Maternal-child murder, Criminal Lunacy and the Asylum in nineteenth-century England.

Medical student / Junior doctor presentations:

Dr Claire Veldmeijer- A historical overview of admissions to Surrey County Lunatic Asylum, 1863-1867

Ms Jimena Seara Prieto- Psychiatry and the Third Reich

Event programme

2018 events 

 September 2018

Scotland and beyond: New research on the history of psychiatry in Scotland and internationally, Glasgow

March 2018

So you want to do some history? Taking forward the HoPSIG research agenda: an oral history of UK psychiatry, c.1970

2017 events 

October 2017

International Congress 2017

March 2017

2016 events 

November 2016:

“Mind, madness and melancholia: Ideas and institutions in psychiatry from classical antiquity to the present” - joint meeting between HoPSIG and the Royal Society of Medicine Psychiatry Section, 10 May 2016

March 2016

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