History of the British Optical Association

Catalogue Number: 1345
History of the British Optical Association
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: MITCHELL Margaret
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1982
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: British Optical Association and the BOA Foundation
Description Of Item: Original blue cloth. 304 pages and 4 unumbered. Illustrated with black and white photographs and graphics throughout. Includes a chapter on the BOA Museum
Historical Significance: The British Optical Association (BOA) was founded in 1895 as the first professional body for ophthalmic opticians (optometrists) in the world. It ran the first professional examinations 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 (now disbanded) to found the (British) College of Ophthalmic Opticians (known since 1996 as The College of Optometrists). Wikpedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Optical_Association. It was preceded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers which is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, UK. The Company was founded by a Royal Charter of Charles I in 1629 AD; The Company was empowered to set regulations and standards for optical devices; this was eroded by the Industrial Revolution, after which mechanical advancements made trade restrictions difficult to enforce. The Company set examinations that opticians (optometrists) but only from the late 1890s. The author was the BOA Librarian for many years, serving under George Giles OBE FBOA FSMC DOrth (1904-1965), the long serving Secretary of the BOA
How Acquired: Donated by Peter Booth
Date Acquired: Nov 2009
Condition: Mint
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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