Dental Hospital and School

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/9/29
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 J b 24
  • Dates of Creation
      1875-1972
  • Physical Description
      55 items

Scope and Content

Seven series:

  • /1 Reports
  • /2 History
  • /3 Students
  • /4 Building
  • /5 Appeals
  • /6 Photographs
  • /7 Other records

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dental Hospital of Manchester was founded in 1884 as a voluntary hospital at Grosvenor Street. It aimed to make dental care available to those who could not afford professional fees and provide clinical training for dental students. Small fees were charged to patients and to students. The Hospital was soon admitting large numbers of patients from all over the region, by 1887 there were over 10,000 patients a year. The Hospital grew rapidly and new accommodation was found in Devonshire Street in 1892. In 1908, the Hospital moved to an even larger purpose-built building, at 190 Oxford Road, now one of the Manchester Museum buildings. From the beginning, the Dental School had close associations with the University of Manchester and MRI, which helped it become an important centre for dental education. The University took over the School side of the Hospital's work in 1933. This was combined with the dental sections of the Medical School to establish a Dental School. However, the management of the Dental School could not be separated from the Hospital, and the University also undertook responsibility for running the hospital. By this time, the accommodation had again proved inadequate. Sir Samuel Turner provided money for a new building on Higher Cambridge Street. The hospital was renamed the Victoria Dental Hospital and Turner Dental School. The new building was opened in June 1940 and the Dental School remains there today. In 1948, with the advent of the NHS, the Dental School became part of the Manchester University Hospitals Group and is now called the University Dental Hospital of Manchester.