Caring for our collection in lockdown
Rest assured we are continuing to care for our important historic collection. Looking after the objects is an ongoing job for curators and museum volunteers.
Prior to lockdown we made a special effort to put some extra precautionary measures in place.
Objects were placed on shelves lined with plastazote and wrapped in acid free tissue before being covered with our special heavy cotton dust sheets.
Photographs and paper objects were placed in clear melinex sleeves and placed in cardboard boxes to reduce light levels, dust and bugs.
Small objects were placed in special inert plastic boxes and secured in special storage units.
We checked all our pest traps in the stores and display areas as we know from past experience that silverfish like a munch on good quality paper!
From constant monitoring of the temperature and relative humidity, we know our storage areas maintain a generally stable environment throughout the year.
In display areas the vulnerable pieces of furniture and large surgery equipment were covered with special inert dust sheets and the blinds were pulled down to reduce UV light.
We hope to welcome you back to the museum as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Located in central London, between Oxford Street and Marylebone Road, The British Dental Museum has approximately 25,000 items that reflect the development of the dental profession in the UK, spanning the 17th century to the present day.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:00-16:00
An accessible toilet is available on site, assistance dogs are welcome and we have facilities for wheelchair access and an induction loop.
Further Information is available in our Access Guide (pdf).
British Dental Museum, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS
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