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​BDA Museum awarded Arts Council conservation grant

27 November 2015


BDA Museum Curator Rachel Bairsto with the dental instrument set 

The BDA Museum has been awarded a grant of £4,446 by the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund supported using public funds by Arts Council England, to pay for the costs of conserving a decorative and rare dental instrument set owned by the Museum.

The dental set to be conserved was made by the American dental manufacturer, SS White in 1860 and it includes mother of pearl handled instruments for gold foil fillings and ivory handled scalers displayed in a carved wooden box.

The grant will allow professional conservation work to help restore this remarkable object. The BDA Museum is open to both the profession and the general public and features a range of dental objects on display from the collection, as well as explaining the history of dentistry.

The BDA Museum collection continues to grow and evolve thanks to the gifts, bequests and grants from external sources, both private and public. The Museum is currently fundraising to acquire a rare and well executive Victorian oil painting of a dental extraction to complement the Museum's existing collection. The Museum is seeking £2,300 to purchase the painting and has already raised over £1,250. Visit the Gelbier Acquisition and Conservation Fund to find out more and make a donation.

About the BDA Museum

The BDA Dental Museum contains the largest collection of materials relating to the history of dentistry in the UK. The museum aims to bring out the relevance of the past, present and future of dentistry, to inspire and educate existing and new audiences and to influence the perception of the science, practice and social impact of dentistry.