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History of Psychiatry

Welcome to the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG)

HoPSIG was launched at the College in March 2015.


HoPSIG was created to

  • encourage clinicians to research the history of psychiatry

  • improve our understanding of the subject and its value, including relating to current policy and practice

  • provide a forum for discussion.



Newsletter: News and notes

Upcoming Events

  • HoPSIG Autumn 2017 Workshop (includes visit to Glenside Hospital Museum)

    Date: Thursday 26 October 2017

    Venue: University of West England, Glenside Campus, Bristol

    Book online


Glenside poster

  • Whittingham Lives Study Day - Hidden Histories: Alternative Futures

  • Date: Thursday 12 October 2017

    Venue: Preston, Lancashire

    Free to attend, but booking required - book here


  • Kraepelin conference

    Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018

    Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London

    Eminent speakers, including Kraepelin’s current successor in Munich.

    More information to follow


Newsletter memoir writing competition

Please let us have your memoir of work as a psychiatrist, in 1000-1500 words. Photographs welcome! 

Email entries to Francis Maunze by 31 January 2018

First prize:  £100 voucher of your choice and publication in the newsletter.

With your agreement, all entries will be deposited in the College archive.

HoPSIG Memoir Writing Competition

Recommended reading

Have you ever wondered what the history of psychiatry has to do with the practice of psychiatry today? Psychiatrist and historian Allan Beveridge discusses it in 'The history of psychiatry: personal reflections'.

Your Research

Send your research queries and ideas to Claire Hilton if you would like to see them posted here.

Other Announcements

Malcolm Kinnear (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth) sent the following information:

I am now Treasurer of the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine, SSHM, and would like to draw the group's attention to the fact that the SSHM has funds to support research in Scottish medical history (the Guthrie Trust) which can generate awards of up to £2000-£3000 for credible proposals. We would welcome applications. Further details are on SSHM website.


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