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Enquiries and research

We welcome your enquiries about the BDA Museum, its work and the collection.


If you have discovered a dentist amongst your ancestors please see our dedicated page.


Was your ancestor a dentist?


All our family history enquiries are carried out by our team of volunteers.


The Dentists Register has to be checked manually by a dentists name, making this a slow and careful process.


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Please note that during busy periods it may take up to 30 days to receive a response from us.



Research inspired by this postcard led to the uncovering of the career of G H Lodge and his contribution to Rotherham and the practice that continues there today.

George Henry Lodge initially learnt his dental skills as an apprentice and appeared on the first Dentists Register in 1879. However, although he was already on the Dentists Register he studied for a Licentiate in Dental Surgery (LDS) qualifying in 1885 from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was originally the only college to allow dentists with no official formal training to sit their exam.

G H Lodge practised in the Rotherham area for all of his life. He started his dental career in Masbro Bridge between 1884-1892 and on his marriage he moved to 7 Church Street. Here, he took on a dental apprentice named Edmund Jones Sprigg. In 1901 he moved to Osborne House, Moorgate Street in central Rotherham and lived and practised there until 1917. He was a prominent member of the community becoming mayor of Rotherham in 1907-1908. Osborne House continues as a dental practice today.

With thanks to Rotherham Archives and Dr Stephen Ball, Precision Dental at Osborne House, Rotherham.

Osborne House, Moorgate Street, Rotherham 1901-1917


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