Dental museum scoops prize for education film

The BDA museum has been honoured with a prestigious Jodi Award for its involvement in a project focused on adults with learning disabilities.

The 2010 award for Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability was recently presented to the museum which provided the principal setting for the digital documentary film, No Fairies.
The project saw a group of adults with learning disabilities pay a visit to the museum, housed at BDA headquarters in London, where they used its unusual collection of dental equipment and artefacts as inspiration to create their own digital films.

The final film captures the visit (as filmed by a member of the group) and incorporates a series of dental-themed animation films produced by each of the participants.
This was one of six projects held in medical museums across the UK as part of the UK Medical Collections Group initiative, Medicine at the Movies. It provided an opportunity for the BDA to add its support to a campaign to challenge public perceptions of adults with disabilities.
Head of museum services, Rachel Bairsto, said: ‘We are delighted to have received this award which recognises this important project. The project allowed us to both share our collection in an imaginative way and engage with an inspiring group of individuals. This award is for everyone who participated in the creation of this film.’
The film has now been successfully integrated into the museum’s popular Key Stage-2 learning materials and is available to view at

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