Ref NoBPS/001
TitleBPS Internal 1901-
Extent13-Box files, 6-Transfer cases, 15-bound volumes
DescriptionMaterial relating to central governing bodies, committees and functions of the British Psychological Society.

Series descriptions are also available as follows:

BPS/001/1 Minutes Vol I 1901-1921

BPS/001/2 Minutes Vol II 1922-1936

BPS/001/3 Central Council, General and Scientific Meetings, AGMs, Annual Reports, Constitution 1904-1984 and

BPS/001/4 Boards - Professional Affairs Board PAB and Scientific Affairs Board SAB 1969-1998

BPS/001/5 Examinations 1966-1992

BPS/001/6 Events 1960-2017

BPS/001/7 Finance, I.T. and Premises 1928-1990

BPS/001/8 Organisation, Staffing and Planning 1966-1999

BPS/001/9 Membership and Subscriptions 1925-2009

BPS/001/10 Education and Training

BPS/001/11 Press, Policy and Communications 1956-2003 [this area is currently being catalogued and more items likely to be added during 2017]

BPS/001/12 Publications and Publishing 1930 -2001 [this area is currently being catalogued and more items likely to be added during 2017]

BPS/001/13 External Relations [awaiting cataloguing]

BPS/001/14 Working Parties 1967-2008 [temporary numbering as this section is likely to be recatalogued in the future

BPS/001/15 Miscellaneous [Temporary numbering as this section is likely to be recatalogued in the future]

BPS/001/16 BPS Scrapbooks 1946-1974

BPS/001/17 BPS Awards - mostly awaiting transfer

BPS/001/19 BPS Library and Heritage Collections 1925-1987

BPS/001/20 BPS Psychological Testing Centre - mostly awaiting transfer

FormatTextual Material
NotesThe History of Psychology Centre is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our users. Be aware that our catalogue contains historic terminology relating to mental health which could be considered offensive. The terminology exists within the original record and has been retained to inform users on viewpoints at the time. It in no way reflects the attitudes of the cataloguers or the British Psychological Society.
A cataloguing project is underway and some previously catalogued material will have been renumbered - 'Notes' at file level will clarify which reference to use to request items. Additional material is regularly being added to this collection and so it is worth checking frequently if you do not find what you are looking for, alternatively contact the [email protected]
Material from this subfond transferred to Wellcome is under reference number PSY/BPS/1
Related MaterialBPS/002 BPS Subsystems 1919-2013
GRA/001/01/03 Grace Rawlings Papers BPS Correspondence
AccessConditionsAuthorised Users. View by Appointment
Location18: Wellcome Library Off Site Storage
16: Wellcome Library
10: Crown Storage Ruislip
13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
Organisation and Governance
The supreme body of the Society is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members which is held during the Society's Annual Conference. The AGM formally receives and ratifies the Society's Annual Report, including the Accounts; it also formally ratifies the election of Honorary Officers and members directly elected to the Society's main Boards.

Under the AGM is the Board of Trustees, (until 2002 this role was taken by the BPS Council). This body has both an executive function and ensures that the Society complies and conforms to the terms of its Royal Charter and its status under law as a charitable body. Some members of the Board of Trustees are directly elected by the Society's Representative Council.

The Society has six main Boards with specific delegated responsibility. They are:
Membership and Professional Training Board (MPTB) [later Membership & Standards Board MSB]
Professional Conduct Board (PCB - formerly known as the Disciplinary Board)
Publications and Communications Board (P&CB)
Professional Education Board (PEB) [later Education & Public Engagement Board ]
Professional Practice Board (PPB)
Research Board (RB)

The Chair of each of these six Boards is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Each Board is empowered to set up sub committees and working parties as required.

The Society also has a series of subsystems or networks called Branches, Divisions, Sections and Special Groups. All of these formally report to one or other of the above six Boards.

All the formally constituted bodies within the Society are made up of Society members; the only exception to this is the Professional Conduct Board, whose members are drawn from other bodies with Royal Charters.
Short History prepared by Dr. Geoff Bunn, BPS Research Fellow at the Science Museum. Administrative context is available at the BPS website www.bps.org.uk
RulesDescription compiled in line with the following standard
ISAD (G) General International Standard Archival Description.
ArchNoteCompiled by Mike Maskill BPS Archivist for the History of Psychology Centre.

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BPS/GB/04The British Psychological Society; 1901-; BPS1901-
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