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Friends of the College Archives (FOCA)

The group was established in 2008 to support the College in the preservation, promotion and use of its archival heritage, and promote interest in the history of the College, and of British and Irish Psychiatry. The Friends of the College Archives group was transformed into the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG) in March 2015. For more information see the HoPSIG website.


Past Activities

  • Supported the launch of Thomas Bewley's book on the history of the College, From Madness to Mental Illness.
  • Organised history of psychiatry sessions at annual meetings.
  • Organised an exhibition on 'Ten Nineteenth Centruy Presidents and their Asylums' for the 2008 Annual Meeting
  • Circulated ten e-newsletters, in which we have published interesting items from the Archives and news of events relating to the history of psychiatry.
  • Created a poster on Dr Helen Boyle, first woman President of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, which was displayed at the College`s 2012 International Congress held in Brighton.  








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