Discovery Day

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What would Dr Jenner be studying today?

Edward Jenner was one of the most remarkable scientists of his day, with a legacy which includes not just the discovery of vaccination, but also early experiments with balloons and pioneering work on bird migration, cuckoos and fossils. We wondered what Jenner might have been researching if he were alive today and we’ve invited scientists and researchers from around the country to come to Jenner’s former home to show how they are continuing his work. With interactive activities, talks and displays, there will be something for all the family, and don’t forget to explore Jenner’s house while you’re here to find out more about how a Gloucestershire doctor changed the world.

Discovery Day visitor guide

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What’s on?


The Laboratory

Get hands-on in The Laboratory:

  • find out about the creatures that roamed Berkeley millions of years ago,
  • explore your body’s amazing defence system,
  • track a weather balloon, and help us create a huge science-themed mosaic!
Royal College of Pathologists
There Once Was a Cow Called Blossom
Meet Blossom the Cow and our friendly team of pathologists, who will tell you about the science behind the amazing story of Edward Jenner’s discovery of vaccination – get hands-on with a fun experiment to find out how vaccination works and hear from immunologists about the work they’re doing today to prevent illnesses and treat allergies.
Game Dr
Science Game Lab
It was Edward Jenner’s passion and interest for microbes and viruses that led to the discovery of the smallpox virus. But what would Jenner be doing today in the fascinating world of microbiology?Digital media such as mobile games and animations, are now being used to teach on microbes and diseases. One example is Game Dr, a fantastic media company from Scotland that develop exciting and thrilling mobile games on microbes, infections and disease!

Visit the Science Game Lab to playtest some of their newest mobile games including Bacteria Combat and learn about the invisible world of microbes!

British Society for Immunology
British Society for Immunology
Explore your body’s amazing immune system with the British Society for Immunology.
Cheltenham Science Group
Cheltenham Science Group
Like Dr Jenner, Cheltenham Science Group will be experimenting with the properties of the weather and atmosphere. We’ll investigate the motion of tornadoes and explore how thunder and lightening are made, but can we make clouds in bottles and can we make the sun set in a tube? Find out more at Discovery Day!
Bristol Dinosaur Project
Bristol Dinosaur Project
The Bristol Dinosaur Project will provide a hand-on experience of palaeontology, with real dinosaur bones and other fossils usually only seen behind glass. Our other interactive activities include finding out if you’ve got what it takes to survive 300 million years of evolution.
The Forum
11:30 The origins of the dinosaurs
Suresh Singh (University of Bristol)
12:30 Beyond Jenner: the future of vaccines
Simon Graham (Pirbright Institute and University of Surrey)
13:30 What’s new in the allergy world?
Berne Ferry (National School of Healthcare Science)
14:30 How vaccines activate our immune systems: what Jenner might and might not have guessed
Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow)
15:00 This house believes that vaccination against some diseases should be compulsory
Helen Bedford (Professor of Children’s Health, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health)
David Elliman (Consultant in Community Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Public Health England)
15:30 New technology, ancient mysteries: uncovering the secrets of bird migration
Geoff Hilton (Head of Conservation Science, WWT)
16:30 A stratospheric double-bill!
Race to the edge of space: a breathless history of stratospheric science
How to send your camera to the stratosphere
Sarah Dry (author and historian of science)
Peter Gibbs (broadcaster and meteorologist)

Find out more about our speakers here.

Please note that this programme is subject to change on the day. Any alterations will be posted on our website and social media channels.

The Chantry

Screenshot from Join us for the official launch of “The Chantry”, a virtual reality videogame. Nearly two hundred years ago, an English doctor drew his final breath inside his country home. Thomas Jefferson asserted with presidential vigour that this was one doctor that “mankind can never forget”. But we have forgotten… Explore a beautifully reconstructed 18th Century Georgian house in virtual reality as you rediscover the story of one of the world’s most terrifying diseases through the words of real historical characters.

About the day

Discovery Day opening times

The Laboratory and Dr Jenner’s House open 11:00 to 16:30.

Garden open 11:00 to 17:30.

Please note last admission to site is at 16:00.

Discovery Day tickets
Adults £5
Students £4
Under 18s £2
Family ticket
(2 adults + up to 3 under 18s)

Tickets for Discovery Day are valid on 27 August 2018 only. Pre-purchased annual tickets and Local Family Passes remain valid on Discovery Day, and usual free admissions apply. All visitors must obtain a wristband from the ticket office on the day.

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Getting here

Please see here for map and directions. Please note that car parking at the museum is extremely limited and we strongly advise you to use the free public car parks located on Marybrook Street (GL13 9AE) and School Lane (GL13 9DB).

Public transport is likely to be operating at a significantly reduced level, if at all, due to the Bank Holiday. Please check your journey before you travel and pre-book a taxi to/from the station if you are travelling by train.

Our supporters

flag_yellow_lowThe REVEAL Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Number 732599.