We exist to share the remarkable story of Edward Jenner, but we need your help to do this! We need to raise £20,000 this year, and every year, to stay open. Will you help us?
The Jennerosity Appeal
Whilst we don’t know where exactly Jenner carried out his first vaccination in 1796, it was from this house in Berkeley that he wrote up his findings and told the world about his discovery. Less than 200 years later, smallpox had been eradicated, the first and only human disease to be completely wiped out. All thanks to the work of Jenner.
In 1985, after an international appeal prompted a number of generous donations, Jenner’s home was opened to the public as a memorial to his achievements and to promote the practice of vaccination. Visitors today can glimpse an insight into Jenner’s character and personality through displays of objects and a recreation of his Study, they can see the Temple of Vaccinia, where Jenner vaccinated the people of Berkeley free of charge, and they can relax in Jenner’s garden.
However, museum visitors’ expectations have changed over the last 30 years and we know our displays do not always tell this remarkable story in the most accessible way. The historic fabric of the building is also at risk as renovation work carried out in the early 1980s is now understood to have actually harmed, rather than helped, the structure. The work required is substantial and will require significant capital grants and donations, however we need your support before then. 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.
In 2016 we launched a new appeal to try and raise £20,000 to secure our future and thanks to your generosity we were able to exceed that, however we need to raise a further £20,000 this year, and every year, to keep the museum open.
Donations and Legacies
Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden is run by The Jenner Trust, an independent registered charity (number 1158316). We are not in receipt of any regular public funding and so we rely on what we can raise through visitor income and on generous donations and grants.
Your gift would help us to ensure that this historically important house, collection and garden is maintained for future generations. You will also be helping to support our current plans to reintroduce historic plants to the garden and to further develop our education programme to meet the needs of today’s curriculum.
You can make a donation online today by clicking this link. If you are a UK taxpayer, please do consider Gift Aiding your donation. Those outside of the UK may find it easier to make a donation via Paypal. You can also donate by text message: text JENN34 £5 to 70070 to give £5 to the appeal.
Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden has a thriving volunteer programme and we are always looking for enthusiastic people who would like to contribute their time to helping us preserve and share the amazing story of Dr Jenner. We have volunteers in a variety of roles including front of house, archiving and conservation, gardening, social media and admin support.
Volunteering with us is flexible and we have vacancies for both regular and occasional roles. Are you looking for a work experience placement? Perhaps you would like to be a distance volunteer, and help us from the comfort of your own home? Maybe your company is looking for a teambuilding volunteer away day?
Involving your company with the museum supports our activities and is an effective way to achieve business objectives, such as enhancing brand profile via association with the museum and supporting community social responsibility efforts.
We offer a number of different Corporate Sponsorship opportunities and we are always open to suggestions from sponsors. Your contribution will help ensure the continued existence of this internationally important site for future generations. In return we can offer exposure for your company and products.