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.
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
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)
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 (PDF)
- Presentation by Peter Carpenter: 'Avon and the Evolution of Mental Health Care' (PDF)
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
- Abstracts (doc)
- Abstracts (doc)