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Exhibitions and events

The BDA Museum organises exciting exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The yardstick by which civilisation is measured : 200 years of the toothbrush

25th September - 17th December 2019 (temporary exhibition - FREE, see Museum opening times below)


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Ever wondered when brushing our teeth became part of our daily hygiene routine?


Find out this and much more in our new temporary display at the BDA Museum


Explore the materials used in making toothbrushes, how much they cost and the campaigns used to encourage us to brush our teeth.


Highlights on display will be toothbrushes from the Addis collection at Hertford Museum and from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum


The toothbrush: past, present and future - a panel debate

Wednesday 25 September 2pm-4pm, BDA Lecture Theatre, London


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Join leading experts to explore our relationship with the toothbrush, its role in improving our oral health, and what the future holds for the toothbrush.


Our panel will discuss the toothbrush from its humble origins, to the impact of brushing on oral health inequalities through history, and the issue of plastics usage and impact on the environment, asking what might come next for toothbrushing technology?


Our panel features:


  • Professor Richard Watt, Chair of Dental Public Health at UCL (Chair)
  • Professor Francis Hughes, Professor of Periodontology, Kings College London
  • Ben Underwood, GDP and developer of the Brush DJ app
  • Polly Munday, Senior oral health promotion adviser (retired)
  • Sophie Thomas, designer and sustainability advocate 

This free event is open to all, please email if you are interested in attending.

London Open House - CANCELLED

Saturday 21st September 2019 10-5pm


We are sorry to announce that our planned event for London Open House has had to be cancelled. A range of events will be takign place across London, including events at some of the Medical Museums, visit their website for more information.

BDA Museum

The BDA Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK. Spanning the 17th to the present day, highlights of the collection include dental chairs, drills, oral hygiene products, and the infamous ‘Waterloo’ teeth. 

The BDA Museum is located at 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS, find out more details and our opening times.