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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

Please see programme for further information. Registration and attendance is free for Newcastle University staff, and for all students. There is a registration fee of £60 for others wishing to attend, to cover lunch, refreshments and workshop programme packs. Registration is limited to 50 participants max. on a first come first served basis.

To register and for further information, please email the workshop organisers: Dr Jonathan Andrews (Reader in the History of Psychiatry, Newcastle University) and Prof. Ian Nicol Ferrier (Emeritus Professor, Wolfson Research Centre, Institute of Neuroscience, and PhD candidate, 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 (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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