We’re celebrating again this week after learning that the Temple of Vaccinia was chosen by Historic England for Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, sponsored by Ecclesiastical.
The building, located in the grounds of the museum, was one of ten locations in the Science and Discovery category chosen by Professor Lord Robert Winston from a shortlist of public nominations. Originally designed by Jenner’s friend Robert Ferryman as a summer house, the rustic building was repurposed by Jenner as a location to freely distribute his new vaccine against smallpox, one of the most feared diseases of its time. Jenner’s research, which demonstrated that deliberate infection with the mild disease cowpox could prevent people from catching smallpox, was published in 1798 and less than 200 years later smallpox was declared eradicated.
You can hear more about all ten locations in the Science and Discovery category on Historic England’s podcast, which features our Museum Manager.