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If you are interested in becoming a member of the OAICC, please visit our Club page for more details on how to apply.

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The OAICC was founded by the late Derek C. Davidson in 1982 on behalf of all those who are interested in collecting the material evidence for our optical past. There are about 200 members from many countries including the UK, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and the United States of America. Regular visits and excursions are arranged to museums and private collections, both in the UK and abroad.  It celebrated its' 32nd Anniversary in 2014 and issued the 129th edition of the quarterly Club Journal 'Ophthalmic Antiques' in October that year.


Use the website for many purposes, email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  your questions on identification, historic details, recent valuations, members with similar interests, future Club Visits, etc., etc.


Members have many interests covering the development of spectacles (including oriental spectacles), pince-nez, eyebaths, ophthalmic instruments, spyglasses, opera glasses, prints and antique books. A newsletter is published quarterly with articles of general and specialised interest, along with auction news and details of club excursions (both in the UK and abroad) and publications.