Gartnavel Royal Hospital and the History of Scottish Psychiatry

A Day Symposium to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Gartnavel Royal Hospital
will be held on Saturday, 15th November, 2014, at
Cancer Support Scotland, The Calman Centre, Gartnavel Campus


9.30 – 10.00          Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.40        Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow)

Historical Geographies of Madness, Asylums and Psychiatry: Emerging Scottish Research

10.40 – 11.30        Hazel Morrison (University of Glasgow)

  1. K. Henderson and the Psychopathic States

11.30 – 11.45        Coffee

11.45 – 12.35       Dr Iain Smith (Gartnavel Royal Hospital and University of Glasgow)

Two Hundred Years of Alcoholic Insanity: The changing impact of our favourite drug on presentations to the Glasgow Asylum (Gartnavel Royal)

12.35 – 1.30         Lunch

1.30 – 2.10           Dr Allan Beveridge (Queen Margaret Hospital


R.D. Laing at Gartnavel

2.10 – 2.50           Dr Cheryl McGeaghan (University of Glasgow)

Enticing Ghosts to Life: Exploring R.D. Laing’s Biography 

2.50 – 3.30           Mark Gallagher (University of Glasgow)

From Asylum to Action in Scotland: Deinstitutionalisation and the emergence of the mental health service user movement

3.30 – 3.45           Coffee

3.45 – 5.00           Panel Discussion – Chair: Dr Vicky Long (Glasgow Caledonian University)

The Last Fifty Years -The Era of Deinstitutionalisation in Glasgow

Discussants: Dr. Joe Bouch, a NHS manager (TBC) and a retired psychiatrist (TBC)


Gartnavel Royal Hospital and the History of Scottish Psychiatry

15 November 2014

The Symposium is organised by the 200 Year Anniversary Group and the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, with the financial support of Mental Health North West Glasgow, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The Calman Centre is housed in the building that was formerly the chapel of Garnavel Royal Hospital.  It has, thus, a long historical association with the Hospital, as the pictures on its walls illustrate.  Details about how to get there will be supplied upon registration.  Note that parking is free throughout the Gartnavel Campus at weekends.  However we would ask you, if possible, not to use the Calman Centre car part, which we hope to reserve for those with mobility issues, and our caterers.


The Registration Fee of £15.00 per person includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea.  Students, retired persons, and other concession holders, are free.

Please send your details (Name and address) and cheques payable to ‘University of Glasgow’ to Centre for the History of Medicine, Lilybank House, University of Glasgow, G12 8RT.  Alternatively email Professor Malcolm Nicolson
to secure a place, and pay on the day (cash or cheques only).


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