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The History of Psychology Centre organises a variety of events and public engagement activities promoting the rich and varied history of psychology.

These events take two forms:

  • an annual Stories of Psychology day
  • History of the Psychological Disciplines seminar series

Please consult the appropriate tab below for further details.

The Stories of Psychology day is held in October every year at Senate House in London.

The History of Emotions

Tuesday 16th October 2018, 10am–3:45pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

The annual Stories of Psychology public event on aspects of the history of psychology takes its theme this year as 'The History of Emotions'.

The event is aimed at a general audience so will be of interest not only to psychologists and historians but also to anyone with an interest in emotions.


  • Dr Paul Sullivan (Bradford University)
  • Professor Fraser Watts (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Sally Holloway (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Dr Sarah Chaney (Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary)
  • Dr Richard Firth-Godbehere (Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary)
  • Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith (Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary)
  • Professor Thomas Dixon (Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary)

To view the full programme for the day please click here.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Registration will open on Monday the 30th of July.

Women in Psychology: From Invisibility to Influence

Thursday 19th October 2017, 10.30am–4.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London


  • Professor Elizabeth Valentine (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Dr Katherine Hubbard (University of Surrey
  • Dr Nick Midgley (Anna Freud Centre)
  • Professor Jan Burns (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Professor Dame Vicki Bruce (Newcastle University)

Clinically Applied: Origins of a Profession

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

Convened by Professor John Hall (Oxford Brookes University)

The topic of this year's symposium was chosen as a curtain raiser for the start of the 50th anniversary year of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) in 2016. It looks forward to the Golden Anniversary by looking back at the development of clinical psychology as a profession, a history that reaches back beyond the foundation of the DCP in 1966.


  • Emeritus Professor Bill Yule (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London) 
  • Dr Jennifer Clegg (University of Nottingham) 
  • Dr Anne Richardson (formerly of University College London and Department of Health) 
  • Professor Bob Woods (Bangor University) 
  • Dr Saima Lofgren (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

War and Its Legacy

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

Convened by Dr Alan Collins (Lancaster University)

This year's symposium is part of the British Psychological Society's planned series of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.


  • Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes (Anglia Ruskin University, and BPS President Elect) 
  • Professor Edgar Jones (Institute of Psychiatry) 
  • Professor Michael Roper (University of Essex) 
  • Professor Sonu Shamdasani (University College London) 
  • Andrea von Hohenthal (University of Freiburg, Germany)

The History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL's Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, organises a number of seminars each year, all of which are free to attend.

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