Donations - the Gelbier acquisition and conservation fund
Donate | What we would like to buy | What we have achieved
Since the inception of the BDA Museum in 1935, the museum has relied on the generous donations from members and the general public.
The collection has grown thanks to the gifts, bequests and grants from external sources, both private and public. The museum continues to grow and evolve to reflect changes in dental practice. It is a valuable resource for all our users.
Donations are very welcome. Donations of all sizes help us to acquire, display and conserve objects for the inspiration and enjoyment of visitors of all ages.
If you would like to donate you can do so online. Further details below about ways to donate.
Professor Stanley Gelbier
The fund celebrates the contribution made by Professor Stanley Gelbier to the museum.
Professor Gelbier first became involved with the Museum in 1982 as Deputy Curator. Since then he has researched and written extensively on the history of dentistry.
He has secured the future of the museum and worked to make it more accessible to the wider dental profession and public. He has lectured widely and his contribution to dental history has been immense.
Help save Ruspini’s dental mirror
This silver dental mirror was invented by James Bladon Ruspini (1768- 1840), son of the flamboyant Bartholomew Ruspini (1730-1813).
From 1787 father and son practised together in London and in fashionable parts of the country selling their toothbrushes, dentifrice and styptics.
The mirror was designed and sold for use by the general public for self inspection of their teeth.
This example was made in London in 1804 by silversmith Thomas Phipps and Edward Robinson.
A rare example of Georgian oral hygiene product!
We need to raise £2000 to secure this rare and important dental object.
Help save this 15th century stained glass window of St Apollonia
St Apollonia is the patron saint of sufferers of toothache and praying to her in medieval times was believed to bring relief from toothache.
Many medieval churches contain depictions of her often on rood screens or stained glass windows.
Over fifty representations have been found in British churches mainly in the West Country and East Anglia.
This stained glass panel from the 15th century originates from a church in Somerset. She is commonly represented holding a book and forceps or pincers with a tooth.
A very significant dental object from this period.
We need to raise £5500 to acquire this unique object.
What we have achieved
This magnificent dental instrument set has undergone extensive conservation work funded by Arts Council England and the Gelbier Acquisition and Conservation Fund. Made in 1860 by the American dental manufacturer S S White, it includes all the equipment a dentist needed to examine, scale, fill and extract teeth of his affluent patients. This set showcases the quality of craftsmanship with the mother of pearl and gemstone and ivory handled instruments.
Donations of £2300 to the Gelbier acquisition and conservation fund helped the BDA Museum to acquire and conserve this important Victorian oil painting by an unknown artist.
The scene depicts a gentleman reluctantly being held down for a tooth extraction in blacksmith’s forge. This an evocative painting which compliments our growing art collection.
There are a number of ways donations can be made.
Sort code 60-40-02 | Account Number 31048994
Account Name: British Dental Association Trust Fund
Please use your name as reference.
Please make your cheque payable to the BDA Trust Fund and send to the BDA Museum, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS
By phone - for credit or debit card
Call the BDA Library on 0207 563 4549
If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a BDA Trust Fund Gift Aid declaration. This will enable the museum to maximise your donation and reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 you give.