This email was received May 4, 2020.
Dear Dr Clarke,
I hope this email finds you well.
In addition to being Editor of the European Section -Section
V of the International College of Dentistry, I have remained active in
different aspects of dentistry following retirement as a full time clinical
academic. One of my activities is assisting my wife, a retired consultant
dental surgeon, in her role as Honorary Curator of the British Dental
Association Museum. My present project on behalf of the Museum is creating an
archive of dental neckties.
Dental neckties, in common with all forms of ties are going
out of fashion, with many individuals now wearing a tie at formal occasions
only. Dental ties, including dental school-, academy-, college-, society-,
sports team and club ties etc are believed to date back to the early 1920s. Since
that time hundreds of different dental ties, including dental novelty ties, are
believed to have been produced around the world. To date, the British Dental Association
Museum Dental Tie Archive, which is an important addition to the Museum’s
extensive and professionally maintained collection of dental archives, includes
just over 100 different dental ties, each with a provenance relevant to the
last hundred years of the history of dentistry. I am anxious to substantially
increase the number of ties in the unique Archive before many, irreplaceable,
now unworn dental ties are discarded.
I would be most grateful if, in your capacity as Editor/Webmaster
for Section II-Canada of the ICD, you could reach out to the Fellows in your
Section to ask them to donate whatever dental ties they can bare parting with/
would be pleased to see cleared out of their wardrobe to the British Dental
Association Museum Dental Tie Archive. It is most helpful if donations to the Archive
are identify in a covering note or by
means of labels before being mailed to me c/o the British Dental Association
Museum, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS, UK. In growing the Archive, it
would be excellent to make it much more international, including the addition
of as many dental ties as possible from Canada, including any ICD Canada ties,
past or present.
I will look forward to the possibility of adding Canadian
dental ties to the colourful, history rich Archive. Donors will have their name
added to the list of donors to the Archive. All donations will be acknowledged.
Your assistance in my quest to bring together a unique
global collection of dental ties will be greatly appreciated.
In the meantime, keep well and keep safe in these unprecedented
With very best wishes,