Find out about future meetings and what's new in HoPSIG.

Our upcoming events:

  • Friday 15 April 2024 – HoPSIG and the RSM Section of Hypnosis. Book here. HoPSIG members can use discount code: 40HYS01 

2024 events

HoPSIG Webinar: ‘L’Istituzione Negata’ - Franco Basaglia (1924 -1980) Centenary commemoration: Life, Ideas and International Legacy.

Wednesday 20 March 2024 

Joint HoPSIG and Philosophy SIG online event: Psychiatry, Society and the State: The end of political neutrality?

Thursday 1 February 2024

2023 events

Autumn meeting of HOPSIG at the London Metropolitan Archives

Friday 20 October 2023 at the LMA

Exploring Eugenic Legacies in Psychiatry

Monday 9 January 2023 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

2022 events

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

2020 events

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

2019 events

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

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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