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The History of Mental Health Policy and Practice in Post-War Britain

We are pleased to announce a series of seminars on the history of mental health policy and practice in post-war Britain. Organised by a Wellcome Trust-funded working group at Warwick University and Queen Mary, University of London, the series will develop a broad overview of the changing field of mental health in modern Britain, focussing in particular on changes in policy, legislation, medico-legal practice, service design, service delivery and clinical practice.

The seminars, chaired by Professor John Turner, provide a forum for leading practitioners to reflect upon the changes in theory and practice they have witnessed over the course of their careers, and to discuss emerging themes with an audience of practitioners, policy-makers and historians.

Taking place at the Wellcome Trust in London, from 11am - 5 pm, the seminars are as follows:


  • 3 December 2010: Service Users (Peter Barham, Diana Rose, Peter Campbell)
  • 17 December 2010: Psychiatric Science (David Goldberg, Hugh Freeman, David Clark)
  • 17 January 2011: Clinical Psychology (John Hall)
  • 31 January 2011: Policy and Care (Jim Symington, Peter Bartlett, Trevor Turner)

All are welcome to attend - though please register by sending an email to Tiffany Watt-Smith at


The organizing committee consists of:

 Dr Katherine Angel (University of Warwick)

Prof. Bill Fulford (University of Warwick)

Dr Rhodri Hayward (Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick)

Prof. John Turner (Queen Mary, University of London)