Find out about future meetings and what's new in HoPSIG.
Our upcoming events:
- Friday 20 October 2023 – the Autumn meeting of HOPSIG at the London Metropolitan Archives. Book here.
- April 2024 – HoPSIG and the RSM Section of Hypnosis. Further details to follow.
Exploring Eugenic Legacies in Psychiatry
Monday 9 January 2023 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
A Special HOPSIG Meeting with support of LMA: “Reviewing the Past”, Medical History in the Archives
Friday 9 December 2022 at the London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London
Understanding Death and Mortality in the Context of Mental Illness and Institutionalisation During the 19th and 20th Centuries
17-18 September 2020 at Newcastle University
Mind, state and society 1960-2010: Half a century of UK psychiatry and mental health services
Tuesday 14 January 2020, 8.45am - 5.30pm
Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, 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 witness seminars go to: What is a witness seminar?
Our guests – doctors, nurses, civil servants, and others – talked about their experiences of mental health services in the 1960s.
RCPsych International Congress 2019
The HoPSIG session was titled: Want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness”: making it better? Episodes in psychiatric practice, 1880-1980.
Date: Tuesday 02 July 2019, 4.50pm - 6.05pm
Venue: ExCel, London
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
Scotland and beyond: New research on the history of psychiatry in Scotland and internationally, Glasgow
So you want to do some history? Taking forward the HoPSIG research agenda: an oral history of UK psychiatry, c.1970
- Handout: Taking a history and researching history: get your methodology right! (doc)
- Also, please see under future events: a ‘Witness seminar’ in October 2019 is our current oral history project, inspired by discussions at this meeting.
- Programme & abstracts
- Presentation by Peter Carpenter: 'Avon and the Evolution of Mental Health Care'
International Congress 2017
“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