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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 - January 2018:

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.​​


Lilian Lindsay Memorial Lecture 2017 

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
Annual Conference​ 2017
Join us for our annual conference on Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October 2017 in Portsmouth. This year we welcome our French colleagues involved with dental history and they will be sharing their research and providing lectures throughout the weekend.

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.