Ref NoBPS/001/11/01/04
TitleBPS Press Committee Papers 1983-1999
Extent1 box
DescriptionMinutes and correspondence of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Press Committee founded in October 1971 as a Standing Committee of Council but later came under the Information Committee 1991-1998, which became the Communications Committee, later Publications and Communications Board). In 2009 the Press Committee was renamed the Press and Media Committee.

BPS/001/11/01/04/01 BPS Press Committee Papers 1983-1985
BPS/001/11/01/04/02 BPS Press Committee Papers 1986-1987
BPS/001/11/01/04/03 BPS Press Committee Papers 1988-1989
BPS/001/11/01/04/04 BPS Press Committee Papers 1989-1990
BPS/001/11/01/04/05 BPS Press Committee Papers 1990-1991
BPS/001/11/01/04/06 BPS Press Committee Papers 1992
BPS/001/11/01/04/07 BPS Press Committee Papers 1993
BPS/001/11/01/04/08 BPS Press Committee Papers 1994
BPS/001/11/01/04/09 BPS Press Committee Papers 1995
BPS/001/11/01/04/10 BPS Press Committee Papers 1996
BPS/001/11/01/04/11 BPS Press Committee Papers 1997
BPS/001/11/01/04/12 BPS Press Committee Papers 1998-1999

See also BPS/001/11/02 BPS Press and Communications Correspondence
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.
Related MaterialBPS/001/11/05/02 S BPS Communication and Media Training Courses 1984-2001
BPS/001/11/03/03/03 BPS Keyword Spokespeople
BPS/001/11/05/03/01 BPS Standing Press Committee Media Handbook
BPS/001/11/02 BPS Press and Communications Correspondence
AccessConditionsAuthorised Users. View by Appointment.
Location13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
TermPublic Relations
AdminHistoryAfter 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.

In 1973 Susan Best PA to the Secretary General took on the additional role of 'Public Relations Secretary', this was later held by Mrs M Clark, the post existed until 1976.

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 SCCOMS 1984-1990). The Information Committee became the Communications Committee in 1998 as part of the Society's strategic plan. This became the Publications and Communications Board in 2000 which had a Media and Press Committee Committee reporting to it .
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/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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