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​Kevin Lewis highlights missed opportunities in NHS dentistry at Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture

22 May 2019
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The annual Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture took place in early May 2019 at the BDA in London and welcomed Kevin Lewis speaking on 'Missed opportunities and ever-decreasing circles in NHS dentistry’, to a packed audience.

Organised by the Lilian Lindsay Society, the prestigious Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture is given each year by a distinguished member of the dental profession or an academic or historian working in the field of dental history.

Kevin Lewis’ presentation took a somewhat unconventional and (at times) unexpected journey through the highs and lows of NHS dentistry and explored its future prospects, with the aim of highlighting how NHS dentistry is faring today. 

The lecture is named in honour of Lilian Lindsay (1871-1960), the first female to qualify as a dentist in the United Kingdom in 1895. She went on to found the BDA Museum and laid the foundations of the world-class reference library we have today 

Kevin Lewis is a well-known figure in the dental world, leading at the helm of Dental Practice as their Associate editor from 1981-2006. He spent 20 years in full-time general practice prior to that and got involved in the dento-legal field in 1989. 

He was Dental Director for Dental Protection for 18 years, stepping down in 2016. He continues to write regular columns as the Consultant Editor of Dentistry Magazine, and also contributes to other dental publications. 

The event coincided with the BDA’s AGM, welcoming new BDA President Roz McMullan into office. Roz unveiled a restored Victorian painting of Irish dentist, Richard Theodore Stack, supported by the BDA Northern Ireland Branch and which will be hung in the BDA’s London offices. 
Eric Cooper's daughter, Heather Cooper (far right) and family members, with Peter Dyer (second from right), Chair of the BDA's Central Committee for Hospital Dentists
The afternoon featured the opening of a new temporary exhibition for the BDA Museum, highlighting the life of Eric Cooper, a dentist held prisoner of War in Colditz and his practising life post-war as a highly-regarded hospital dentist – Eric’s daughter, Heather Cooper and other family members attended to celebrate his achievements. 

The BDA Museum also unveiled the newly-restored stained-glass depiction of St Apollonia and a video about its journey from a church in Somerset to the BDA, generously funded by the Beecroft Bequest and the film by London Museum Development team.

Later in the afternoon annual BDA Honours and Awards ceremony took place, with the 14 dentists highlighted for their contributions to dentistry and the BDA, being celebrated and recognised by their peers and receiving their accolades.

BDA Museum

The BDA Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK. Spanning the 17th century to the present day, highlights of the collection include dental chairs, drills, oral hygiene products, and the infamous ‘Waterloo’ teeth. Pop in and see for yourself.