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

Half-day HoPSIG workshop-  Aspects of the history of forensic psychiatry

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 1.30-5.15 pm

Venue: RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

The theme is Forensic psychiatry. Speakers will include: 

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

Book your place now. For further information please see provisional programme (doc).


RCPsych International Congress 2019

Please come to the HoPSIG session:

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 


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

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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