Cotswolds

Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden, Berkeley

Dr Jenner’s Museum is close to the market town of Berkeley and its historic castle. This little-known museum in Gloucestershire commemorates the life of a country doctor who went on to change the world. The collection of artifacts in his house and garden reveal the impact of one of the most pivotal events in history.

Edward Jenner pioneered the vaccination against the devastating disease of smallpox - he has even been called ‘the father of immunology.’ The deadly smallpox virus was eventually eradicated worldwide in 1980 as a result of his work, which is estimated to have saved up to 3 million deaths each year. It is, to date, the only human disease to have been completely wiped out.

Located in his former home, the Jenner Museum traces the impact and legacy of Jenner’s pioneering work from 1798, when he discovered the use of mild cowpox disease to protect against the smallpox virus. He devoted the rest of his life to helping others carry out vaccination programmes.

The doctor’s home is known as the Chantry and dates back to the early 18th century. The gardens are a lovely place to wander and the Temple of Vaccinia offers the perfect spot to contemplate Jenner’s extraordinary achievements. It was in this small, rustic hut that he treated the district’s poorer families, before going on to use it for vaccinations. You will also see his historic vinery and the modern physic garden.

While you will mostly learn about his life-saving work, a wander around the museum will also uncover Dr Jenner’s other discoveries, including the nesting habits of cuckoos and early experiments with hot air ballooning.

We recommend you combine a visit to the Jenner Museum with a visit to neighbouring Berkeley Castle. Check opening hours and admission prices here.

Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN | 01453 810 631 | www.jennermuseum.com 

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