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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 Lindsay Society​: the History of Dentistry, established in 1962, is dedicated to promoting research into the history of dentistry.

It 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 Linsday Memorial Lecture

Each year the society hosts the Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture.


The Lilian Lindsay lecture will form part of the annual conference programme in Bath between 15-17th October 2021. This year's lecture will be given by Professor Jonathan Shepherd. Link to this page


Pictures from the 2019 Conference, held in Leicester are on our Facebook page.


Have a look at a list of past lectures


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.