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​What the Lindsay Society does

Dental Historian

Dental Historian is the journal of the Lindsay Society the History of Dentistry.

Its contents are wide-ranging, to be of interest both to researchers and general readers. 

It includes results of recent research, memories of the profession and other relevant information.

The journal is usually published twice-yearly and is indexed on Medline. It is free to members.

​​Some recent issues are online.

​Contents of the latest issue - July 2018:

  • A tribute to Emeritus Professor Robin M Basker OBE
  • Enid Muriel Spencer MBE (3 October 1930 - 30 May 2018)
  • Frederick Ballard (1882-1962) tireless champion of NHS dentistry
  • Malcolm Bishop and the CE Wallis Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Museum Man - the overlooked influence of Joseph Lewin Payne
  • Evolution of the dentist's image in Francophone comic strips. Part 1
  • The special contribution of Pat O'Driscoll to the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the late 20th century
  • History of the National Examining Board for Dental Nurse: 1943-2018
  • Gibbs, Colin Davis, the Oral Hygiene Service and its predecessors

Submission of an article

Anyone with the results of historical research or a relevant story to tell is welcome to submit a paper for publication. 

If you would like to do this please send it as an email attachment to Margaret Wilson, Editor, 

Dental Historian is sent free to members of the Lindsay Society. 

Non-members wishing to purchase a single issue can do so by sending a cheque for £16 sterling made out to the Lindsay Society to the Distribution Manager, Dr G Garnett, Hey Barn, Back Lane, Newton-in-Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 3EE.​​ 

Annual Conference​ 2018
Join us for our annual conference on Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October 2018 in Glasgow in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ building in St Vincent Street in the very heart of this vibrant city.
It starts with supper on the Friday evening at the renowned restaurant of Marco Pierre White.
The Saturday and Sunday morning lecture sessions will be an eclectic mix of thought provoking, surprising and amusing talks covering many aspects of dental history.
A trip to the Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh is included as well as the now legendary Conference Dinner.

Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture 2018 

Professor Shelagh Thompson gave the 2017 lecture discussing Special care dentistry, the past and future inclusion of diversity in oral health care.

Learning objectives

  • to understand why and how the specialty of Special Care dentistry developed
  • the current provision of Special Care Dentistry
  • to understand how Special Care Dentistry fits within the NHS and in education and training

Previous conferences 2016

In October 2016 we welcomed the American Academy of the History of Dentistry (AAHD) to London for a fascinating programme of lectures and outings. 


For the first time the Society was joined by the American Academy of the History of Dentistry (AAHD) for a series of lectures and tours.

Over 80 delegates admired the collections of the BDA Library and Museum.

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Lindsay Society President, Professor David McGowan, presented the AAHD with the prestigious Lindsay Society medal.

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Professor Stanley Gelbier, recently retired Honorary Curator of the BDA Museum, was presented with the AAHD’s Hayden Harris Award by Dr Sheldon Peck.

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​This is the highest honour to be awarded by the Academy and celebrates Professor Gelbier’s enormous contribution to dental history.

For more information about the annual conference please contact the Honorary Secretary Dr Brian Williams.