Ref NoBPS/002
TitleBPS Sub-Systems 1919-2013
Extent45 Transfer cases, 16 Box files, 6 Lever arch files, 2 Storall boxes, 3 Books
DescriptionSubfonds contains material created by British Psychological Society (BPS) SubSystems (the Society's structure for special interests and regions) including Branches, Divisions, Sections and Special Groups. Includes for each group where available Minutes, Papers, AGMs, Administrative Material, Correspondence, Policy and Projects, Constitutions, Membership Lists, and Events and Conferences.

From 2002 Subsystems later known as Member Networks

Individual SubSystems series are available as follows:

BPS/002/1 BPS Branches 1932-2003
BPS/002/2 BPS Divisions 1958-2004
BPS/002/3 BPS Sections 1919-2013
BPS/002/4 BPS Special Groups 1983-1999
BPS/002/5 Formation of new subsystems 1971-1996

More material awaiting cataloguing.
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.
Some material transferred to Wellcome but not yet on their catalogued - see file level description for information on access and how to request this material.
Related MaterialBPS/001 BPS Administrative Records (not Member Networks)
BPS/001/8/01 BPS Organisation and Restructures
BPS/001/4/01/02/12 BPS Professional Affairs Board Papers 1991 includes discussion paper on the implications of an expanding number of sub-systems [Member Networks]
AccessConditionsAuthorised Users. View by Appointment
Location17: BPS History of Psychology Centre, Leicester
16: Wellcome Library
18: Wellcome Library Off Site Storage
10: Crown Storage Ruislip
13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
AdminHistorySince 1919 it has been Integral to the Society's organisation are a series of subsystems [later called Member Networks]. These are either geographically based (Branches); scientifically based (Sections); qualifications based (Divisions); or employment based (Special Groups). Branches exist in the North of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South West England, Wales, Wessex & Wight, and the West Midlands. Membership is automatic, and based on a Member's geographical location.

Divisions exist where there is a clear professional grouping and professional training. Divisions' main work is in pursuing and enhancing professional practice. Only those who have completed an approved training may join a Division as a full Member..

Sections exist where members have decided to pool and exchange scientific interest and knowledge. Any Member may belong to a Section.

Special Groups exist to represent groups of members working in a particular field. The members of a Special Group all have some defining characteristic that are less rigorous than that required for a Division.

Student Membership Group Resource run by psychology students for postgraduate and undergraduate members.

In 2008 British Psychological Society SubSystems were renamed Member Networks.

Discussion are periodically held to debate the distinctions between Divisions and Sections and where they are really effective e.g. in 1989 after the report on the Future of the Psychological Sciences was written [BPS/001/11/04/02/04/36].

See Related Names at SubSeries level for an administrative history of each grouping.
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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