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.
Are you looking for a Christmas card with a difference this year? This year we’re delighted to launch our new Dr Jenner’s House cards, featuring an image of The Chantry by Emma Gower.
All proceeds from the sale of these cards support the work of The Jenner Trust (registered charity 1158316), enabling us to continue telling the remarkable story of Edward Jenner from his home in Berkeley.
The cards cost £4.50 for a pack of 10 (including envelopes) and can be purchased during working hours from the Museum Office in Berkeley. We can also dispatch the cards to anywhere in the UK (postage and packing costs £1.35), just click the link below to enter your payment details:
Please note that orders must be received before 5pm on 16 December otherwise you may not get your cards before Christmas. Orders are dispatched by Second Class post so we cannot guarantee an arrival date.
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.
Or find out more about how you can help.
After six months of work by the museum’s dedicated team of garden volunteers, we are almost ready to launch our brand new Physic Garden!
Based on similar Physic Gardens in London, Oxford and Cowbridge, the design of the garden is based around the traditional understanding of the body’s four humours and each bed contains plants which were said to heal a different part of the body. Edward Jenner was a keen gardener and this is the first stage in reintroducing plants that he might have used and grown himself to the historic garden. All of this has only been made possible with the support of public funding from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund and a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, plus the hard-work and dedication of the museum’s gardening volunteers.
Want to join us for the launch? Visit on Monday 6 June at 2:30pm to see Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall officially open the garden.
You can find our more about the Physic Garden here.