Cold volunteers at Dr Jenner's House

Boiler Update

Thanks to all of you for your support so far with our campaign to replace the museum’s ancient boiler. With nearly 50% of the funds raised we decided to press ahead with the boiler works, which commenced yesterday. With hopes for a busy half term opening next week and concerns about tumbling temperatures, we really had to act quickly. We still need your help to raise the remaining £4,500, as without this our finances will be stretched and we will have to divert funds away from our other work to celebrate the life of Edward Jenner. Please continue to tell others about our campaign!

Donate Now

Or you can send a cheque (payable to “The Jenner Trust”) to Dr Jenner’s House, Church Lane, Berkeley, GL13 9BN. For more information about supporting us, please click here.

A Great Westerner

We are delighted that Edward Jenner has been selected as one of the top 50 “Great Westerners”, following a competition run by Trinity Mirror newspapers and the rail company, GWR. These top 50 Great Westerners are to have one of GWR’s new railway locomotives named after them, so the name Edward Jenner will become even more familiar across the South West.

Dr Timothy Wallington, Chair of The Jenner Trust said:

“It is entirely fitting that Edward Jenner has been honoured amongst the many visionary individuals this region has produced. His painstaking work in understanding the machinery of disease, which has had one of the most significant humanitarian impacts of all time in overcoming smallpox, is an inspiring example to us all.”

The new Class 800 Intercity Express Trains, built by Hitachi, were launched on 16 October and will be rolled out across the GWR network over the course of the next year.

Events

We hold events throughout the year at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. To book, please contact the Museum Office on info@edwardjenner.co.uk or 01453 810631. You can also book online using the links below (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.

Cold volunteers at Dr Jenner's House

Cold Weather Blues

We need your help to protect Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden and ensure it can open to visitors this winter.

We urgently need to raise in the region of £8,500 to replace the central heating boiler in Edward Jenner’s former home, following the demise of our old system: a museum piece in itself! Central heating is vital to help us regulate the humidity inside the house, keeping safe this internationally important building and its collections. Without a new boiler, this landmark building will be at risk, as will our work sharing Jenner’s remarkable legacy and providing all manner of activities for the local community.

Donate Now

Or you can send a cheque (payable to “The Jenner Trust”) to Dr Jenner’s House, Church Lane, Berkeley, GL13 9BN. For more information about supporting us, please click here.

With your help we can continue to preserve Dr Jenner’s House for many winters to come.

An Irreplaceable Building

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.

Design our 2017 Christmas Card!

Ever fancied seeing your artwork decorating mantelpieces up and down the land? Well, now’s your chance. We’re looking for someone to design the front of our 2017 Christmas card.

To enter, send your original design in JPEG format to info@edwardjenner.co.uk. This must be your own work but can be in any medium: digital, watercolour, acrylic or otherwise. Designs should fit in a square measuring 148mm x 148mm (14.8cm, 5.82 inch). The competition closes at 23:59 on Sunday 29th October, so get those creative caps on.

By entering this contest, you are confirming you accept the Terms & Conditions of entry.

Volunteers win Marsh Award

We are very pleased to announce that our volunteer team are the South West regional winners of the prestigious Marsh Volunteer Awards.

The awards, which recognise the hugely valuable contribution volunteers make in helping museums engage with their visitors, are organised by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust and are now in their ninth year.

There were a large number of applications from across the UK, some from groups of volunteers and some from individuals. Volunteers at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden were praised for their contributions across all areas of the museum’s work, from delivering attic tours to visitors, fundraising on the museum’s behalf, and designing and building the museum’s Physic Garden. We were able to celebrate their achievements in a special ceremony at the British Museum where Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, and Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman of the British Museum, presented them with their award.

In addition to the twelve regional winners, the ‘Never Going Underground’ Volunteer Community Curators at People’s History Museum, Manchester, and the Scruton Station Volunteers Team, Wensleydale Railway Association Trust, North Yorkshire were named as joint national winners. A huge congratulations to all of the winners; we were treated to some incredibly inspiring stories during the awards ceremony.

We now hope that others will join the team so we can achieve even greater things over the coming years. There will be a special open day for people to find out about volunteer opportunities at the museum and meet current volunteers on 26 October from 10:00 until 16:00. Anyone interested in attending can find out more by emailing info@edwardjenner.co.uk or calling the Museum Office on 01453 810631.

Garden Day

Monday 28 August, 12-4pm

Discover the world of Georgian gardening with a day of activities for all ages:

  • Meet a Georgian gardener and an apothecary
  • Explore Dr Jenner’s garden and find out about his horticultural exploits
  • Take home a reminder of your visit
  • Swap tips with our garden volunteers

Timetable

Normal museum admission applies.

Contact the Museum Office on 01453 810631 or email info@edwardjenner.co.uk.