AHP has just been informed that the British Psychological Society‘s History of Psychology Centre has launched a new website. The website, and the content available thereon, is in its initial stages. Eventually, the History of Psychology Centre website will include a fully searchable online catalogue of the BPS’s archival holdings. One feature already present on the site is “Mystery photographs” which asks visitors to the site to help identify unknown individuals in photographs in the BPS’s archival collection.
The current incarnation the BPS’s History of Psychology Centre has been controversial. A particular bone of contention has been the Society’s 2006 decision to divest itself of its archival material. Rather than house this archival material in a space allocated to the History of Psychology Centre in the Society’s London offices, the decision was made to divide the BPS’s archival materal among a number of other independent repositories. This decision led prominent historian of psychology, and former director of the History of Psychology Centre, Graham Richards to resign from the BPS in protest.
Although the History of Psychology Centre was only formally created in 2002, and not officially opened until 2004,
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the Centre’s origins extend back to September 1956 when a short-lived ‘Public Relations Subcommittee’ agreed a proposal from John C. Kenna to appoint an Honorary Archivist. Continue reading