The Lindsay Society for the History of Dentistry Conference 2019

In October I was fortunate enough to speak at the Lindsay Society Conference in Leicester.

The Society brings together members of the dental profession and historians to promote research into the history of dentistry. Delegates at this year’s conference were treated to a variety of lectures which included Lister’s connection to two BDA Presidents, a student’s experience in taking a medical humanities (BSc), dentistry in the American Civil War, dental surgery and the Special Operations Executive, Robert Norman (the first dentist in South Australia), changes in prosthodontics and a fascinating talk from Turi King who was on the team who discovered King Richard III’s body.

The lecture I gave was on ’70 Years of the Orthodontic Consultant Service’ which used clips from interviews carried out with seven consultants from the 1960s to the present day. It explored the changes in the consultant service since the first consultant, John Hooper, was appointed in 1950. The lecture was accompanied by a poster and interactive digital presentation with further clips from the interviews.

Lectures were given on both mornings of the weekend and in the afternoon delegates enjoyed a trip to the King Richard III Visitor Centre, where they learnt all about the Battle of Bosworth and how King Richard III’s body was found and identified. The grave site can be seen through a glass floor with a hologram showing the position of the body. We then went to see the current resting place of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.  

 It was a fascinating weekend and I came away having learnt a lot and having had the opportunity to   meet many interesting people from across the dental profession.

 Sophie Riches

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