Edward Jenner Museum

Edward Jenner Museum, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, UK. Is a Museum dedicated to the scientist, Edward Jenner, who invented the Vaccine. The building that the museum uses is also an artefact since it was once the house that Jenner lived in throughout his life. The museum contains many things that used to belong to the scientist as well as displays on Jenner himself and the work that he done. There is also a café.

Edward Jenner Museum is haunted by a small child in the attic, a ghostly dog on the stairs, footsteps heard upstairs when no visitors are in the building, and an apparition of a man mistaken to be a visitor. 

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Edward JennerEdit

Edward Jenner was, of course, A Scientist who used to live in the building which is now the Edward Jenner Museum. In 1796, Britain was in the middle of an epidemic of the disease, Smallpox. Smallpox was a very deadly disease that could cause anything from terrible skin conditions to paralysis. One in three smallpox victims died and those who survived were often left disfigured, it was a problem since nobody knew how to stop the disease from spreading. Edward Jenner at the time was a scientist and realised that cow maids and people who worked on dairy farms often got a similar, but not as deadly disease called Cowpox. Cowpox survivors never got smallpox. Jenner thought up the idea that exposure to weaker versions of more deadly diseases (Such as Cowpox for Smallpox) will mean that the body's immune system will be ready and able to deal with bigger versions of the disease.

To test out his theory, Jenner took a risky move and inoculated his gardeners son, James Phipps with Cowpox. Jenner recorded the effects, Phipps survived the cowpox illness and never got smallpox. Using this information, Jenner was able to produce a Smallpox Vaccine. This stopped the spread of Smallpox and defeated the disease and also started the science of immunology. More Vaccines were invented against other deadly illness and an epidemic of a disease such as smallpox has never been seen again, Smallpox today is now extinct and only exists in laboratory.

Edward Jenner went on to become more well known and would die in 1823 in his home. His home would later be used as the Edward Jenner Museum and it is believed that Edward Jenner now haunts the Edward Jenner Museum. People have seen him and heard him and in recent years a reporter took a photograph of what appears to be a slight, misty image of Jenner sitting in an armchair.