British Optical Association Museum, London

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The British Optical Association was founded in 1895 as the first professional body for ophthalmic opticians in the world. It ran the first professional examinations in optics in 1896 and provided the Secretariat for a number of other optical bodies including what would eventually become the Association of Optometrists and the World Council of Optometry. In 1980, the BOA joined forces with the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and the Scottish Association of Opticians to found the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians; in 1987 the title was changed to British College of Optometrists, known since 1995 as The College of Optometrists.

The BOA published the Dioptric Review and the British Journal of Physiological Optics on its own in-house printing press. It administered several higher qualifications including the Diploma in Contact Lens Practice and awarded the BOA Research Medal. Fellows of the British Optical Association were entitled to use the affix FBOA.
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  • My friend found this via Google. We were in town for a matinee theatre and were looking for something to do before hand. It is so interesting and not at all what we expected. Neil was our guide, we we...  more »
  • I went today with my sister and a best friend and was so lucky to get in. We were privileged to be taken round the museum by Neil. It was absolutely fascinating. Neil knew so much and was a fountain o...  more »
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  • I went today with my sister and a best friend and was so lucky to get in. We were privileged to be taken round the museum by Neil. It was absolutely fascinating. Neil knew so much and was a fountain of knowledge and very amusing with lots of antidotes to keep us entertained. It was brilliant and I learnt so much. I definitely recommend a visit you wont be disappointed
  • My friend found this via Google. We were in town for a matinee theatre and were looking for something to do before hand. It is so interesting and not at all what we expected. Neil was our guide, we were really lucky to book a tour on the day. The museum is small but it has so much to see and learn about. Neil is really amusing and has such a depth of knowledge and passion for the subject. The tour included a history of optical evolvement and also offersthe chance to see examples of the first spectacles that takes you through to an exhibit of the queen mother's glasses! This is a free tour, but please make the optional donation requested. I definitely recommend a visit, something really different and an absolute hidden gem.
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