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Lindsay Society: the history of dentistry

About the society 


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

It 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.



Each year the society hosts the Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture at the BDA conference. It also organises a very friendly autumn conference with expert speakers from within and outside the profession. 



Benefits of membership include


Learn more about what the Lindsay Society does

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! 

Overseas dentists are also welcome.  

Membership subscriptions, due at the end of October are:

  • £30 UK members 

  • £38 overseas members 

  • Free to UK dental students

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


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


Read about the Dental Historian journal