Cartoon of many different faces

Historically excluded

The BPS is keen to highlight the unseen history and unheard voices of psychology.

Many stories in the history of psychology have not been given sufficient visibility and have remained overlooked.

The BPS History of Psychology Centre wants to shine a light on these hidden histories to recognise the diverse voices and contributions which have made psychology what it is today.

We want to make sure that these stories are preserved and accessible for future generations, giving a true reflection of the history of UK psychology. We will be adding to these resources over time so please come back soon.

If you have a hidden history or story within the history of UK psychology you would like to tell us about, please contact us at [email protected].

Black girl in a segregated school

They taught integrity

The lives of Francis Sumner and Inez Beverley Prosser.

Dr Mamie Phipps Clark

Fulfilling Black Children’s Lives

Dr Mamie Phipps Clark.

Pan-African Psychology Union logo

Bame Augustine Nsamenang

An extraordinary thinker in global psychology.

Kwame Owusu-Bempah

Fresh perspectives on Racism, Colonialism and Psychology

The Writings of Dr Kwame Owusu-Bempah (1945-2017).

Holding hands across a boundary

Charlotte Wolff – Pioneering Research

Who was Charlotte Wolff and why is her life and research something to remember during LGBTQ History Month?

Demonstration by unemployed people in Berlin circa 1930

Learning from experiences

The pioneering Life of Marie Jahoda.

Photo of Mollie Hunte from the London Metropolitan Archives

Mollie Hunte and The Black Parents Movement

Celebrating the life and work of Mollie Hunte (1932-2015) who was an essential part of the Black parent’s movement in the UK.

Eugenic Booth, c. 1930, The Eugenics Society

‘We are not Alone’: Legacies of Eugenics

Reviewing the impact of eugenics throughout history.

Exposing and challenging racism in the British education system

The BPS has published an oral history with Waveney Bushell, often regarded as the first Black female educational psychologist.