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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 – 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 like attend or to speak, please contact Claire Hilton.

2019 events

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, 16.50-18.05

Venue: ExCel, London

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 (PDF)

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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