Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden, Berkeley

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Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden is the former home of Dr Edward Jenner and the birthplace of vaccination. Jenner was born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, in 1749 and after training to be a surgeon with John Hunter in London he returned to his home town to practice as the local surgeon. He purchased The Chantry in 1785 and lived here until his death in 1823. Dr Jenner had a plethora of interests from geology, music, poetry and natural sciences all of which are presented in the museum. He was made a Fellow of The Royal Society for his work on the nesting habits of cuckoos, however he is most famous for his pioneering experiment proving that immunity to cowpox also provided immunity to smallpox. It created vaccination and changed medical science forever, paving the way for the eventual eradication of the deadly smallpox in 1980. It is still the only human disease ever to have been completely eradicated. His research founded the science of Immunology and his enthusiasm for scientific enquiry and boundless energy to advocate his discoveries makes him a true local, national and international hero.
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  • A very interesting place. After the disappointment of seeing very little of the Kings cell in the castle, this was a breath of fresh air and made the trip worth it. Had known about Jenner, but to visi...  more »
  • This was an extremely interesting place and although we found some of the exhibits on smallpox a little harrowing it only served to demonstrate what a remarkable man Dr Jenner was. The garden is small...  more »
  • If you are visiting Berkeley Castle you will not have to move the car to visit here its situated behind the Butterfly House. A lot of interesting reading and photo's but my legs were to tired after th...  more »
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  • Fascinating history. Worth a visit.
  • Nice place for walkers and tourists
  • DVD and lots of interesting information. Lovely surroundings in Berkeley
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