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Lindsay Society comes to Belfast

The Lindsay Society Annual Conference is open to anyone interested in the history of dentistry. Roz gives us a preview of the weekend and what to expect if you're planning on joining the fun.

Roz McMullan
Roz McMullan Chair of Probing Stress in Dentistry in Northern Ireland

Founded in 1962, the Lindsay Society exists to promote interest and study into the history of dentistry, bringing together people with like-minded interests. This year on 7 – 9 October, we're combining our Annual Conference and memorial lecture into one event held in Belfast.

Everyone – both members and non-members – is invited to attend.

Celebrating 60 years

The weekend offers a great atmosphere and the opportunity to learn about dentistry along the way. We start the event off on Friday evening, with relaxed chatter as people arrive, enjoying a buffet alongside a few drinks and a chance to catch up on each other's news!

Everyone – both members and non-members – is invited to attend.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Lanyon Place, Belfast city centre, and will include an opportunity to take part in an organised trip to the wonderful Titanic Centre on Saturday. On Saturday evening, we'll celebrate the Society's Diamond Jubilee with a black tie four course dinner. A harpist will play throughout the prosecco reception, and there will be drinks, food, and entertainment throughout the evening.

Anaesthesia and curios

You're bound to enjoy our interesting lecture programme which has something for everyone. The talks will begin on Saturday with Andrew Sadler, a retired Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon giving a talk named 'Margaret Seward & the Strange Affair of the Robbery at the Horncastle Dispensary'. He will be followed by a local speaker, David Hussey, presenting on the Maryland bridge, a resin-bonded fixed partial denture which includes a floating tooth to replace a missing one but adheres to the other teeth in a unique way.

You're bound to enjoy our interesting lecture programme which has something for everyone.

Nairn Wilson will meanwhile give a fun talk involving a colourful tie collection he has gathered over the years from associations and clubs with connections to dentistry. The memorial lecture will then be given by well-known international speaker Trevor Burke. It will be called 'From Robinson's Rules to a Ten Million Restoration Dataset'. It's not to be missed!

Titanic dentistry and other talks

Sunday morning will see us head back into the lecture theatre for more engaging talks, with a chance of the occasional Guinness induced headache from Saturday evenings celebrations!

Laura Crawford, a young Northern Irish dentist will be giving a talk called 'Titanic Dentistry', encompassing what dentistry was like and the current exodus from the profession we are seeing today.

Margaret Wilson will be talking about the use of plants in dentistry. Next year marks the centenary of the Northern Ireland BDA branch, and so Richard Graham will be giving a special celebratory talk to mark the occasion.

We have a couple more talks still to be confirmed and these will be followed by an AGM for members alongside a short buffet lunch to give people time to get refreshed and ready before the journey back home.

How to join us

Anyone is welcome to come along to any part of the event, even if you would just like to attend one specific part or talk. The full weekend ticket costs £245. However, we offer a ticket price for you based on how much of the event you wish to attend. Please complete a registration form and email it to Brian Williams to register for the meeting.

Complete a registration form to join.

If you would like to stay in the Hilton Hotel during the event weekend, you will need to get in touch with them separately to make your booking. We have a special discount rate arranged with the hotel of £149 for a king room or £159 for a twin/double when booking using our unique code.

We would love to see more people than ever with us this year to celebrate and sincerely hope you will join us.