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Our museum souvenir items and College merchandise make wonderfully appropriate decorations for an optometry practice or unusual gifts for your family and friends.

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Unless specified otherwise, these items may be ordered by post, telephone or email from the Museum, or purchased directly by personal callers to our premises.

Please note this is not an e-commerce site, It is not yet possible to order online, but read on to find out how you can buy and pay for these items.

All prices in this web version of the museum shop include postage and packing and there is no additional charge for overseas purchases.


College History Volume One

College History Book Volume One
The College of Optometrists: A History 1980-1998
Martin Lynch and Philip Cole

The history of the College of Optometrists is the definitive account of the foundation of the present College and its development over a period of nearly 20 years, from 1980 to mid 1998. The book covers the College's progress as the public benefit body for optometry, and charts developments in optometric practice itself and the impact of legislation and government policies affecting it. Chapters include the formative years at the College, the deregulation of 1989 and the College Royal Charter.

Begun in 1996 by Past President Philip Cole and the late Martin Lynch, the writing of the history represented the College's very own Millennium project.
The attractive clothbound edition is well illustrated with photographs of significant events and personalities in optometry throughout the years. With photographs of many Diploma Ceremonies, College Conferences and Lectures, and other College occasions, many of our members may find themselves unexpectedly featured.
The History is any easy to read reference tool for all members of the profession and it is hoped that all College members will want their own copy.

The College of Optometrists, A History 1980-1998 (published 1999). £7.50

College History Volume Two

College History Book Volume Two
The College of Optometrists: A History 1998-2015
David Cartwright and Neil Handley

This second volume, 'the Craven Street years' takes the story of the College through the significant changes in governance following the Headlam Review and charts the growth in College membership, the successful introduction of the new Scheme for Registration and the expansion of the College's research activity.

The College of Optometrists, A History 1998-2015 (published November 2015). £9.50

**SPECIAL OFFER** Buy both Volumes One and Two for the combined price of £15.00

Ophthalmic Antiques Extracts book

Ophthalmic Antiques Extracts 1986-1996 - A selection of the best articles from this quarterly newsletter, published by the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors' Club and edited by Ronald MacGregor. £2.00

Book by Mark Rossi

Rossi, M., 1995, Eye Care Eye Wear - Optometry explained in layman's terms. £2.00 **Although some of the information is now a little dated, we recommend the above title by a former College member, as a general introduction to the subject**

Contact lenses history book

Bowden, T., 2009, Contact Lenses - The Story, 812p, 250 illustrations. This book was written at the same time as the author was advising on the improvement of the museum's Contact Lens Collection. Many of the items featured in the book now form part of the collection. £79.00 (temporary special offer: Buy for £35.00).
**We recommend the above title as the definitive word on the subject**

Moorfields Eye Hospital, 2005, Two Centuries of Vision 1805-2005  - Official Bicentenary Publication. £1.75


Offprints and Information Sheets

The BOA Foundation Museum, 1988 (A4 double-sided) £0.20

Spectacles with Royal Provenance, 2014 (A4 double-sided) £0.20



A smart set of three designs (A3 size) reproduced from the Encyclopedia Londoniensis, 1820 - Optical Instruments / Microscopes / Telescopes

Complete set of three = £7.00
Individual poster (please specify which) = £4.00

Dioptric Review print

'Dioptric Review' Collectible Prints

Genuine historic reproductions dating from the 1920s and 1930s of famous images from optical history as printed on the British Optical Association's press and issued originally with its in-house journal, the Dioptric Review. Mounted on card.

£2.50 colour, £1.50 monochrome **Limited stocks remaining** Contact the curator for a full list of the 30 remaining titles.

They would make an interesting talking point in the decorative scheme of any optician's practice or why not frame a couple and present them as an appropriate retirement gift?

N.B. As historic collectibles in their own right these prints are 'sold as seen' and their price reflects that. In some cases they may have small tears or creases but the damage will not be enough to spoil your enjoyment of the item.


Set of 16 colour postcards (all different) showing beautiful objects from the BOA Collection. £2.50

College tie

College Ties

A smart sign of College membership (silk).

'New' design (dark blue + stripe, with the College crest)  - clearance sale: £5.00

All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate. College of Optometrists VAT No: 707 386 129

Send Orders to:

British Optical Association Museum
The College of Optometrists
42 Craven St
United Kingdom

Telephone: 020 7766 4353020 7766 4353 Fax: 020 7839 6800


Payment methods

Sterling Cheque - drawn on a British bank and made out to 'The College of Optometrists'

Credit Card (VISA/Maestro) - Please note the minimum charge for credit/debit card transactions = £5.00. We strongly recommend that you telephone us on 020 7766 4353 for real-time processing. Unfortunately, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard does not allow us to accept card details by email. Details sent by post entirely at buyer's risk (we will shred any such communications after processing: Include name, card type, address to which card is registered, long number, expiry date, 3-digit security code).

Cash (sent at buyer's risk)

Items may also be purchased in person from the Museum (prior appointment requested) where prices may sometimes be cheaper and additional products may be on offer subject to availability.