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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

Each year the society hosts the Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture.
This year’s lecture will take place in Belfast, during the Society’s annual conference on Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October 2022. This year's lecture will be given by Professor Trevor Burke.
This will mark the Society’s sixtieth anniversary. Other speakers include: Belfast’s Professor David Hussey, who will explore the development of the Maryland Bridge, Richard Graham, who will give a brief history of the BDA NI Branch and Laura Crawford, a young dental colleague who has researched the availability of dentistry on the Titanic. Please see our provisional programme for more details.
To book your place for the whole or part of this Diamond Jubilee weekend please complete the registration form. For further details please contact lindsaysociety@bda.org. We look forward to meeting with you in October.

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.