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The birth of modern dentistry: the LDS qualification

Conservation room at Guy's hospital (King's College London Archives)Conservation room at Guy's hospital (King's College London Archives)Welcome to this online exhibition, co-curated by King's College London Archives & Special Collections and the British Dental Association (BDA) Museum, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the LDS - the Licentiate in Dental Surgery - the first modern qualification in dentistry.

Dentists at work at King's College LondonDentists at work at King's College LondonIts introduction was an important landmark in the transformation of dentistry into a respected modern profession backed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It also sparked the opening or extension of new dental schools, including the forerunners of King's Dental Institute.

Today, King's College Archives & Special Collections and the BDA hold a wealth of records relating to dental education, including student biographies, examples of the equipment and other objects used in training, student manuals and a rich photographic record of Victorian - and more recent - dental practice, including surgery, conservation, oral hygiene and public health.

Visit the King’s College London Archives website for more information.

To learn more about the BDA Museum, visit

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition originally ran in 2010 in the foyer of the King’s building, King’s College London, and is now available to view as an online exhibition only.

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