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Donate an object

​The BDA museum has approximately 30,000 items in its care and actively collects objects that reflect the development of the dental profession in the UK. 

The museum operates a collecting policy. 


What does the museum collect?

The main areas that we are still collecting include:

​​Anaesthesia

​Archives​

​Cleaning

​Conservation

​Diagnosis

​Extraction

​Fine arts

​​Orthodontics

​Photography 

​Prophylaxis

​Prosthetics

​​Surgery

​​and the history of the BDA.

At present we are focusing our collecting on the following areas:

​Contempory collecting


​Dental instruments (particularly objects that 'tell a story' - i.e. relate to a particular person or event)

​Inventions and innovations

​History of the BDA

​Photographs and archives.

Due to certain constraints such as limited storage space, health and safety needs and the Human Tissue Act the museum is unable to accept every item which is offered. 


How to donate to the collection

If you would like to donate a piece to the museum, contact museum@bda.org giving as much information as possible. 

We may ask for a photograph as this is a useful way of identifying objects and assessing their condition.

We are unable to give valuations for objects and suggest that you contact an auction house. ​