The BDA Dental Museum is the place to find out about the history of dental care in the UK. With over 20,000 items the museum has the largest collection of material relating to the history of dentistry in the UK, from its time as a marketplace spectacle to the complex procedures and treatment of today.
The museum aims to bring out the relevance of the past, present and future of dentistry, to inspire and educate existing and new audiences and to influence the perception of the science, practice and social impact of dentistry. The museum will achieve this through growing and caring for its collection and by making it accessible to all through displays, publications, education services, research opportunities and in the virtual environment.
WAS YOUR ANCESTOR A DENTIST?
The museum holds copies of the Dentists Register. This yearly volume was started in 1879 and continues today. It records the name, address and qualification of every practitioner. Today the register is compiled by the General Dental Council. What can they tell you about your ancestor? If your relative appears on the Dentists Register they will be able to tell you the following information:
All research is carried out by their team of volunteers and the Museum request a small donation to support the work of the museum. If you would like them to research a dentist please email the museum providing your Ancestors full name, birth and death dates (if known, if not the rough dates they lived or worked) and the area of the country you think they lived or worked in.
IDENTIFY DENTAL ITEMS
The Museum can help you identify any Dental objects you may have, just email the Museum a photograph to see if they can help. email@example.com
Opened in 1920 the BDA's library was founded and organised by Lilian Lindsay, the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK. Currently it is the most comprehensive dental library in Europe.
Please note that non-members who are not eligible to join the BDA may visit the library for reference purposes BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY. Non-members who are eligible to join the BDA may not visit without first becoming BDA members. Please telephone the museum in advance of a visit and they will send you a visitor’s letter provided you are conducting legitimate dental research. Please note that there is generally a charge for this service. Visitors will not be allowed in to the library without a visitor’s letter.