Help us to uncover the history of Dr Jenner’s House

In 2017 we embarked upon a year of discovery at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. As part of the EU-funded REVEAL Project, we are attempting to reconstruct (through the wonders of virtual reality technology) the fabric of The Chantry as it was at the time of Jenner’s death.

The project has already vexed us and challenged everything we thought we knew about the building. Windows and doors have moved, rooms have changed use, staircases have been diverted…! However we are making good progress and look forward to sharing the fruits of our research very soon.

First, we have one significant challenge to overcome. With limited sources and very little of the original fabric of the building remaining we are struggling to identify how Jenner would have decorated his walls. This is where we need your help! We have found three fragments of wallpaper in the house. One hidden behind coat hooks in a downstairs passageway and the other two decorating the former servants’ quarters in the attics. We believe the latter fragments were off-cuts from elsewhere in the house.

We’re very keen to identify these fragments. Most importantly, are they likely to date from Jenner’s time in the house or from later occupants? If they are of the period, do they come from recognisable patterns? And which rooms might they have originally decorated?

If you think you can help us out, or point us in the right direction, please email We’d be delighted to hear from you!

Job Vacancy: REVEAL Project Assistant

Salary: £17,000 per annum pro rata (15 hours per week, six-month fixed contract)
Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Closing Date: 9am 27th February 2017
Interview Date: 3rd March 2017
Start: Immediate

Overview and Background

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden is situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, at The Chantry, a striking Grade II* listed house where Edward Jenner lived for 38 years until his death in 1823. This is the house from which he pioneered vaccination against smallpox and it is now a museum celebrating his life and legacy. The museum is operated by The Jenner Trust with a small staff and team of volunteers.

The Realising Education Through Virtual Environments and Augmented Locations (REVEAL) Project is a two-year Horizon 2020 Research Project funded by the European Union applying VR technologies to education, with partners in the UK, Netherlands, Italy and Malta. The Project Assistant will assist the Museum Manager in research to support the development of a VR ‘environmental narrative’ based around the appearance of The Chantry in the 1700s.

We are looking for an individual with a track record of carrying out research in a museum, archive or similar setting, with excellent communication skills and a high level of motivation. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate organisational and planning skills and be able to work closely with others to realise deadlines. Ideally, you will have a good understanding of Eighteenth Century British history. As REVEAL Project Assistant you will be directly responsible to the Museum Manager.

Due to limited public transport provision in Berkeley, we anticipate that the post holder will require a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle. The post holder will also need to be prepared to travel within Gloucestershire and sometimes further afield.

For a full job description, candidate profile and application form please contact:
Owen Gower (Museum Manager) via email at

NB CVs will not be accepted

Thanks for your Jennerosity

In 2016, we launched our Jennerosity Appeal to try and secure £20,000. Due in part to significant and sometimes unexpected maintenance costs (such as the unfortunate demise of the museum’s boiler in 2016), and despite reducing operational expenditure to the absolute minimum, the museum has operated at a deficit for a number of years. This is unsustainable and whilst we do have a plan to revitalise the museum and increase our revenue-generating activity, we need time to realise these plans and put in applications for all-important large grants. We asked for your help to raise £20,000 and thanks to your generosity we achieved this target in December.

We really are grateful that we can now open the museum for the 2017 season, but now we must start fundraising again for we need to secure a further £20,000 this year, and every year, to keep the museum open.

We have a number of ideas and fundraising events planned, so please keep an eye out for these. You can find out more about Supporting Us here.


We hold events throughout the year at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. To book, please contact the Museum Office on or 01453 810631. You can also book online using WeGotTickets (please note booking fee applies).

Evening events usually take place in the Old Cyder House Conference Centre. Free parking is available in the museum car park. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.

Gloucestershire’s VA Hospitals: 1914-1919

Wednesday 22 February, 7:30pm

The unprecedented casualties of the First World War led to over 3,000 auxiliary hospitals being set up around the country. These were situated in all manner of buildings, from libraries to grand houses, and were almost entirely staffed by volunteers. In this talk, local author Geoff North traces the development of these hospitals in Gloucestershire and the vital role they played.

Tickets cost £5.00.

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Contact the Museum Office on 01453 810631 or email

Image © Wellcome Library, London

Garden Photography Workshop

Sunday 19 March 2017, 1-4pm

Whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran of photography, join local photographer Jess Greenwood for tips on developing your creative eye in the garden.

Suitable for all abilities and all camera types. Please bring a camera and suitable outdoors clothes and footwear.

The workshop costs £35.00 per person, to include refreshments. Advanced booking is essential.

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Blood, Sweat and Beer: Pubs and the Rural Community

Wednesday 22 March, 7:30pm

As pubs continue to close at a rate of 21 a week, we welcome Pete Tiley, landlord of the award-winning pub The Salutation, and BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Pete Wilson to discuss the crucial role that pubs play in rural communities today.

Tickets cost £5.00.

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