The John McLean archive project
British Dental Association Museum is working with King’s College London
Dental Institute to establish and maintain the 'John McLean Archive: a
living history of dentistry'. The archive was established in memory of
the leading dental practitioner and internationally renowned dental
materials scientist, author and lecturer John McLean. It aims to
document the history of dentistry since the start of the National Health
Service. The project gathers reminiscences through a series of witness
seminars and individual oral history interviews, covering topics such as
the start of the NHS and the rise of private dentistry, dental
education, dental contracts and other significant events and changes.
Five witness seminars have been held
on a series of topics covering dentistry from the establishment of the
NHS in 1948. The seminars involved experts in their field gathering
together to discuss their reminiscences and share their knowledge. The
discussions have been recorded and the edited transcripts are
available to view on this site.
Individual oral history
interviews are being recorded with prominent individuals from the dental
profession as well as dentists and dental care professionals. Selected
audio clips and corresponding transcriptions are available here.
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