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Lindsay Society: the History of Dentistry

The Lindsay Society​: the History of Dentistry was established in 1962 and is dedicated to promoting research into the history of dentistry.

LLindsay-cropped.jpgThe Society brings together members of the dental profession, historians and other interested people to research and discuss the history of dentists and dentistry.

The Society is named after Lilian Lindsay (1871-1960), the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK and a leading dental historian. 


She became the BDA’s first female president in 1946.

Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture 2023

Each year the society hosts the Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture.

Professor Trevor Coward delivered the memorial lecture on 3 May 2023 at Wimpole Street. The fascinating lecture explored the challenges of rehabilitating patients requiring facial prostheses.

Date of 2024 Lecture TBA.

                           Professor Trevor Coward at the 2023 Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture

Show your support: join the Society

Membership of the Lindsay Society is open to all members of the dental profession and other interested persons – you don’t have to be a dentist to be a member.

Members receive:

Annual membership fees:

  • £30 UK members 
  • £38 overseas members 
  • Free to UK dental students


To join, please complete the membership form​ or email ​Dr Brian Williams, Membership Secretary.


The Lindsay Society is affiliated with the British Society for the History of Medicine.