POSTPONED – Freud’s 4 pm Session: Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis

Susanna Abse in Conversation with Professor Brett Kahr. A Discussion of Kahr’s latest book, Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis. In-house only.

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17 November, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£12 – £14

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Freud Museum London and Karnac Books take great pleasure to inform you of a special “In Conversation” event to mark the publication of Professor Brett Kahr’s latest book, Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis: From Freud’s Death Bed to Laing’s Missing Tooth, and to celebrate the launch of the new “Freud Museum London Series”, in which Professor Kahr’s newest title appears, alongside his previous book, Freud’s Pandemics: Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu, and the Nazis.

Not only has Brett Kahr gifted the “Freud Museum London Series” with his book on how Sigmund Freud coped with the many pandemics of his own lifetime, ranging from anti-Semitism, two world wars, and the tragic death of his beloved middle daughter, to cancer and Nazism, but he has now completed a rich, new, beautifully-written book on various “hidden histories” of British psychoanalysis, based on his archival research and, also, on his many personal interviews with such icons as Dr. John Bowlby, Mrs. Enid Balint, Mrs. Marion Milner, Dr. Ronald Laing, and many other superstars in the field.

We are delighted to announce that Kahr will be in discussion with Susanna Abse, a Trustee of Freud Museum London and former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council, to examine these “hidden histories” in more detail.

Please do join us for this special occasion, which commences at 4.00 p.m., at Freud Museum London, at 20, Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX.

The event will be chaired by Dr. Giuseppe Albano, the Director of Freud Museum London, and by Kate Pearce, Publisher of Karnac Books, and will provide us with an opportunity to inform you of our forthcoming titles as well, including two previously unpublished memoirs by one of Sigmund Freud’s grandchildren!


Tickets include admission to the Museum. The event is free for Freud Museum Members and Patrons. The event will be held on the first floor of the Museum during regular opening hours. Unfortunately the Freud Museum does not have step-free access at this time. Advance booking is highly recommended as capacity is limited.

Concessions/Members/Patrons: Please show proof of eligibility/membership card on arrival.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Freud Museum London, which receives no regular public income. 




SUSANNA ABSE has practised as a psychotherapist for more than thirty years, and currently works as a Consultant at the Queen Anne Street Practice in Central London, specialising in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  Between 2006-2016 she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and of Tavistock Relationships; and then, between 2018-2021, she became Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.  She is a Trustee of both the Freud Museum London and of the Association of Infant Mental Health and, also, a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington and of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, as well as the Series Co-Editor of “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”.  Over the years, she has served on many governmental and ministerial advisory committees at the Department of Health, at the Department of Children, Schools and Families, and, also, at the Department of Work and Pensions.  She has also appeared regularly on television, promoting mental health, having presented a series about Britain on the Couch for Channel 4 News.  In 2022, she published a best-selling book, Tell Me the Truth About Love, about the art of couple psychology, now available in paperback.


BRETT KAHR is currently Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health at Regent’s University London.  A Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre and, also, a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy, he works with both individuals and couples in independent practice in Holborn, in Central London.  Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council and, also, as a Lifetime Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.  A trained historian as well as a clinician, he is Honorary Fellow and Honorary Director of Research at the Freud Museum London as well as Series Editor of the “Freud Museum London Series”.  A long-standing media psychologist, Professor Kahr has worked as Resident Psychotherapist at the British Broadcasting Corporation, and he has become a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University in recognition of his contributions to media psychoanalysis.  Professor Kahr is the author of eighteen books and the series editor of over eighty further titles.  His most Freud-friendly books include Life Lessons from Freud and Coffee with Freud (recently published in Chinese translation), as well as Freud’s Pandemics:  Surviving Global War, Spanish War, and the Nazis.



17 November
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£12 – £14
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