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.
Help us to raise £20,000 this year
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.
Now, 31 years on we are launching a new appeal to try and raise £20,000 to secure our future. Museums and, subsequently, visitor expectations have changed and 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. By donating to our Jennerosity Appeal, you will help us to keep the museum open during this transitional period and allow us the time to put in applications for these all-important larger grants.
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