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The BDA museum has approximately 30,000 items in its care and is still actively collecting objects that reflect the development of the dental profession in the UK.

COVID-19 Collecting

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are actively and sensitively identifying objects to collect. These items will provide a permanent record for future generations of medical, cultural and personal responses to the outbreak and its impact on society.

Working in conjunction with the Science Museum and BDA library, we are documenting the pandemic and its effect on dentistry through objects. If you have any photographs, PPE equipment, health and safety equipment, signage to donate, then please get in touch.


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Many thanks to Andrew Farr for this image of the first COVID-19 team at the local dental access centre in Hertfordshire, 22 April 2020.


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Many thanks to Queensway dental practice for the donation of PPE equipment to the museum and photos of the team.


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Denise Forshaw, retired dentist and BDA member has recorded the pandemic through her artworks inspired by photographs of her family and support team at Sandy Lane Dental Practice, Skelmerdale, Lancashire.


Necktie archive – Search your wardrobe now!

The BDA Museum has close to 150 different ties including some dental novelty ties representing over 105 dental organizations, schools and clubs. 



This is probably the tip of the iceberg, so more back of the wardrobe searching is required!


We think that 1921 was the year when the first dental tie was introduced – possibly linked to the formation of the Royal Army Dental Corps at the end of the First World War, when regimental ties were fashionable. The collection is championed by Professor N Wilson so if anyone has any information please contact him


The collection is international but, in the UK, the dental schools that are presently not represented in the archive include: Dundee, Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol, and Belfast, Peninsula and UCLAN. From the Republic of Ireland, no Dublin or Cork dental school ties have been donated. If they exist, examples of these ties would be greatly appreciated.


So, gentlemen, as tie wearing is going out of fashion, your mission is to rummage in your wardrobe, drawers and cupboards for these lost icons of dental fraternity, they mustn’t be lost to history.


What does the museum collect?

The main areas that we are still collecting include:

  • Anaesthesia

  • ​Archives

  • ​Cleaning

  • Conservation

  • ​Diagnosis

  • Extraction

  • Fine arts

  • Orthodontics

  • ​Photography

  • ​Prophylaxis

  • Prosthetics

  • Surgery

  • ​​History of the BDA

At present we are focusing our collecting on the following areas:

  • Contempory collecting​

  • Dental instruments (particularly objects that 'tell a story' - i.e. relate to a particular person or event)

  • ​Inventions and innovations

  • History of the BDA

  • Photographs and archives

  • COVID-19

Due to certain constraints such as limited storage space, health and safety needs and the Human Tissue Act the museum is unable to accept every item which is offered.

How to donate to the collection

If you would like to donate a piece to the museum, contact giving as much information as possible. 


We may ask for a photograph as this is a useful way of identifying objects and assessing their condition.

We are unable to give valuations for objects and suggest that you contact an auction house. ​