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A Brief History of The British Psychological Society

The Psychological Society was founded on October 24 1901 at University College London. Its aim was 'to advance scientific psychological research, and to further the co-operation of investigators in the various branches of Psychology.' 

The Society has restructured a number of times over the years, forming various Divisions, Boards, committees and sub-systems to accommodate members' many interests.

A register of professional psychologists was set up in the 1930s. The Society was Incorporated in 1941. The Quarterly Bulletin of the British Psychological Society was launched in 1948. 

The Society was granted a Royal Charter in 1965. On December 18, 1987, at Buckingham Palace, the Queen granted amendments to the Charter, thereby allowing the Society to maintain a Register of Chartered Psychologists. 

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For a full article on the History of the BPS prepared by
 Dr. Geoff Bunn, BPS Research Fellow at the Science Museum.

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"A Short History of The British Psychological Society".


Why Join? - The BPS is open to membership to all mental health professionals

The Society is a learned and professional body controlled by our Royal Charter. This means that our primary duty is to preserve and nurture the discipline on behalf of the nation. Our main objective is to advance and diffuse knowledge of psychology.  This combines with our charitable status which says that as an organisation we are not permitted to do anything outside of the objectives as specified in the Charter. So, although we are not constituted as a member club nor as a trade union there are benefits which arise from membership:

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