#17 British Dental Association Museum

My name is Brian Williams and I would like to adopt the British Dental Association Museum.

The BDA Museum (Photograph courtesy of the BDA Dental Museum)

The BDA Museum (Photograph courtesy of the BDA Dental Museum)


Tell us a bit more about yourself

I am a dentist working in Surrey. I have always been interested in history and the BDA Dental Museum caters brilliantly for two of my interests (passions if you like) History and Dentistry.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The BDA Museum is situated in the heart of the Dental and Medical area of London in the British Dental Association’s Headquarters at 64 Wimpole Street WIG 8YS. close to Oxford Circus and Bond Street. It is open all year round on Tuesday and Thursday 1pm to 4pm; other times by appointment and its free!

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The good old days! We do not remember how people lived and in some cases suffered with their teeth. But the BDA Museum with over 20,000 dentally related objects is uniquely placed to fill this gap between reality and faded memories. It’s such a buzzy place with excellent displays, clear and concise explanations and real hands on experiences. There are friendly and very knowledgeable staff available to answer questions and point out the more ‘gruesome’ attractions to the young visitors!   AND the educational services available to schools and other organisations are second to none.

Why would you recommend people visit?
If you are the slightest bit interested in social or dental or medical or chemical or material or engineering histories this is the place for you. Come and see how tooth pain was controlled, marvel at the engineering wonders used in the mouth and feel disgusted at some of the materials used to repair the teeth ‘in the good old days’! Come and learn so much more about things you never knew could be so fascinating and its all to be found  only at the BDA Museum here in London. Oh, just in case I forgot to mention it, there are some teeth on display as well!

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
fascinating, impressive, enjoyable

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