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!

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

The Jennerosity Appeal

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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Physic Garden Launch

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.