Ref NoBPS/001/11/01
TitleBPS Press and Communications Committees
DescriptionMinutes and papers of British Psychological Society Committees and Working Parties concerned with the promotion of the Society and of the profession of psychology.

BPS/001/11/01/01 BPS Public Relations Committee 1955-1956
BPS/001/11/01/02 BPS Working Party on External Relations/Working Party on Publicity 1969-1970
BPS/001/11/01/03 BPS Working Party on Public Relations 1983
BPS/001/11/01/04 BPS Standing Press Committee 1981-1999 [later Media and Press Committee]
BPS/001/11/01/05 BPS Standing Committee on Communications SCCOMS 1984-1990
BPS/001/11/01/06 BPS Information Committee 16 October 1990-1997
BPS Communications Committee/Board 1998-2000 - awaiting transfer
BPS Publications and Communications Board 2000-2017 - awaiting transfer
BPS Public Affairs Board 2018-[awaiting transfer]

This subseries is a work in progress.

See also SubCommittees
BPS Parliamentary Group in BPS/001/11/04 BPS Lobbying and Public Policy Responses
BPS Training and Support Group in BPS/001/11/05 Press and Communications Training and Publications
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.
Related MaterialBPS/001/11/02 BPS Press and Communications Correspondence
BPS/001/11/05/01 BPS Training and Support Group
BPS/001/11/04/01 BPS Parliamentary Group
BPS/001/3/02/01/01 Report on Public Relations 1945-1946 in Council Papers
AccessConditionsRegistered Users by Appointment Only. Some restricted material.
Location16: Wellcome Library
13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
TermPublic Relations
AdminHistoryThe first report on public relations was in 1946 by T H Pear [see BPS Council Papers 25 May 1946].
The first British Psychological Society Public Relations committee was in 1955 and was a short lived working party. In 1971 Nicholas Georgiades and Professor Arthur Summerfield arranged a press conference at Brown's Hotel to draw attention to the BPS response to Sir John Foster's report on Scientology [See BPS/001/4/01/03/01]. After advice from Mr Christopher Hall, Barbara Castle's Information officer on setting up a press function - a Standing Press Committee was formed in October 1971 under the Chairmanship of Dr Georgiades - they produced press releases and started recruiting spokespeople and setting up a media training courses for them - the first of which was held in June 1972. Early press efforts were concentrated on promoting the conferences and journal articles but later encompassed promoting BPS policy, positions, activities and the profession of psychology.

Stephen White joined the BPS staff as Director of Communications in 1985 and started organising regular media training from 1986 onwards. By October 1991 the Press Committee was no longer a standing committee but a subcommittee of the Information Committee (which itself took over from the Standing Committee on Communications SC COMS 1984-1990). The Information Committee became the Communications Committee/Board in 1998 as part of the Society's strategic plan. This in turn became the Publications and Communications Board in 2000. The Press Committee was renamed the Media and Press Committee in April 2009.

The Society was restructured in 2018 with the creation of three new strategy boards Education and Training, Practice, Research and Public Affairs.
RulesDescription compiled in line with the following: ISAD (G) General International Standard Archival Description MAD3 Third Edition 2000
ArchNoteCompiled by Claire Jackson BPS Archivist History of Psychology Centre.

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BPS/GB/148The British Psychological Society; Standing Committee on Communications; 1984-1990; (SCComms)1984-1990
BPS/GB/500White; Stephen Grant (1949-2010); Director of Information1949-2010
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