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'BDA Museum' Blog Posts

  • Museum volunteer honoured by the BDA: Joanna Breach

    We are thrilled that Joanna Breach is being honoured with a BDA Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association in the latest round of BDA Honours and Awards.

    Blog Date 23 January, 2020

  • Was Jane Austen a toothbrusher? Oral health and hygiene in the Regency period

    News that a Jane Austen letter to her sister is up for sale, which includes a grisly description of a visit to the dentist, is a reminder of the poor state or oral health in the Regency period and what we can learn about people's oral hygiene routines, or lack thereof, and how far we have come today in promoting good oral health.

    Blog Date 4 November, 2019

  • Should you let someone else use your toothbrush? A potted history of toothbrushing

    I was delighted to take part in an episode of the BBC's programme the 'Origin of Stuff' with Katy Brand, looking at the evolution of toothbrushing through history and to help highlight the importance of regular brushing to look after your teeth.

    Blog Date 7 June, 2019

  • Volunteering for the BDA Museum: Olivia Gambold

    I began volunteering at the British Dental Association museum in January of 2019, whilst hunting for my first permanent job in the heritage sector, after completing my MA.

    Blog Date 3 June, 2019

  • Celebrating the life of Eric Cooper: Colditz dentist and hospital dentist

    Peter Dyer celebrates the life of an 'unsung hero' of dentistry, Eric Cooper - who served as a dentist in Colditz, and went on to have a long and well-respected career in hospital dentistry. We celebrate his life in our latest temporary BDA Museum exhibition through some of the objects from his family's collection.

    Blog Date 2 May, 2019

  • Commemorating two pioneers of jaw injury treatment during WW1

    The BDA Library and Museum were delighted to be invited to the unveiling of a blue plaque at Birmingham Dental School, for two lesser-known but important, pioneers of jaw injury treatment and prevention during World War One.

    Blog Date 19 March, 2019

  • Lilian Lindsay: a woman who didn't take no for an answer

    For International Women's Day we will be celebrating some of the inspiring women in our profession from the past, as well as some of the female dentists working today.

    Blog Date 27 February, 2019

  • The wonderful legend of the tooth fairy

    BDA Museum volunteer Olivia Gambold investigates the history of the tooth fairy and discovers that she is a relatively new invention, but a great one for helping children today look after their teeth.

    Blog Date 27 February, 2019

  • BDA Museum: highlights of 2018

    BDA Museum Head, Rachel Bairsto, takes a look back as some of the Museum's highlights during 2018 and what's coming up for 2019.

    Blog Date 10 January, 2019

  • 'Up Close and Medical' event at the BDA Museum

    The BDA Museum hosted 13 medical museums from across London on 27 October, to showcase objects from their collections in a free event, in collaboration with London Museums of Medicine and Health. Here's what happened...

    Blog Date 7 November, 2018

  • A story of courage and achievement in early dentistry: Edward Tull-Warnock

    Edward Tull-Warnock became one of the first black, qualified professional dentists in 1912. During Black History Month, we celebrate his amazing achievements and tell the story of how he overcame adversity to have a successful career in dentistry.

    Blog Date 22 October, 2018

  • Extracting a laugh: dental cartoons

    In a new exhibition London’s leading political cartoon gallery is tackling dentistry. And we can take pride in the fact that dentists and dentistry do actually lend themselves to comedy.

    Blog Date 13 September, 2018

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