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​BDA Museum volunteer honoured for contribution to dental history

10 December 2018





BDA Museum volunteer, Roland Hopwood, has been honoured with a Certificate of Merit in this year's round of BDA Honours and Awards, for his contribution to developing the BDA Museum's collection.

Roland entered dentistry as a mature student and has been a BDA member since his student days, and continues to be a retired member.

His career in general dental practice was cut short due to medical problems. But in spite of this setback, he continued his interest in dentistry and became a regular volunteer at the BDA Museum.

Over the years, he has developed a vast knowledge on the history of dental instruments and materials. His volunteering began by re-cataloguing the collection and we believe he now has the greatest expertise of the items in our collection.

He has been a passionate advocate for the BDA Museum, lecturing, speaking to schools groups and visiting practices and dentists to acquire news items, as well as ensuring images of the collection are available when requested.

He is our leading expert on our collection of ivory dentures, which he has studied and provided information on for many years.

He has contributed to the John McLean oral history archive, recording his experience of being a dentist in the late 1970s to the early 2000s in Essex.

He is also a member of the Lindsay Society and contributes to furthering the study and promotion of dental history, he has lectured at their Annual Conference, and is currently the Society's President.

More recently, he helped immensely with our work loaning a substantial number of items to the Wellcome Collection's Teeth exhibition earlier this year, providing support and expertise on our objects.

On nominating him, Dr Margaret Wilson, BDA Museum Honorary Curator, said:

"We are delighted to see Roland's fantastic contribution to the BDA Museum recognised by the BDA's Honours and Awards.

"The BDA Museum relies on the support of all of our members, but particularly the contribution of our volunteers, and Roland has played a substantial role in making it the success it is today – we are immensely grateful for his continuing work."



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