World Book Night

On World Book Night one million books are to be given away free at events across the UK.
World Book Night and the Severnside Ramblers have come together to present an extraordinary evening for people in this area.
Starting at 8pm, there will be a two mile night walk to the River Severn where flying lanterns will be released on the shore. Returning by moonlight, refreshments will be served and a free book issued to all.
The chosen book for our event is Toast by Nigel Slater.
Saturday 5 March
This event is free but please book a place and find out the starting place by phoning Heather 01454 632134


Dr Edward Jenner was a local country doctor. In 1796 he pioneered vaccination against the deadly smallpox from his home in Berkeley and changed the world forever!
A true Gloucestershire hero, Jenner’s discovery saved countless lives across the globe and led to the eradication of smallpox. To date, it is the only infectious disease to be eradicated. A magnificent achievement!
The Edward Jenner Museum tells the story of Jenner and his legacy to mankind. It is based in Jenner’s home, The Chantry, in the centre of Berkeley. It is a stunning Grade II* listed Queen Anne house with an acre of garden.

We are an Independent Museum and a Registered Charity and without help from our volunteers and supporters, we would not be able to run.
Volunteers can help is many ways – welcoming visitors, Room Stewards, supporting the work of the Education Officer, helping to plan and run events, working in the garden or undertaking research into the history of the house and Dr Jenner.
This is a great opportunity for anyone with a love of history, science, natural history or country houses and gardens. Or perhaps you’re interested in building a career in the heritage or tourism sector? We’d also love to hear from anyone who just enjoys working with the public!
Working as part of a small but enthusiastic team, you will be helping to keep the story of Jenner alive, broaden understanding of vaccination and inspire the next generation to follow in his footsteps!
Volunteer positions are available all year round, with particular focus in the open season (April-October).
The Edward Jenner Museum is located just off the A38, within easy reach of the M4 and M5 motorways.
Further information
To find out more please contact the Museum’s Assistant Director, Joanne Terry on 01453 810631 or email:
You can also go to our website:



A quick update for those of you who are looking forward to the special NIGHT OF CLASSICS, featuring the music of Madness, plus some of the hits of The Specials and The Beat. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date has been changed, but the good news is that you don’t have as long to wait, as it’s on Friday 4 March!

Doors open at 7.30 pm, with the Band taking to the stage of the Armstrong Hall for their first set at 8.00 pm.  Some of the cast members of the Northavon Youth Theatre Company production of OUR HOUSE, plus a couple of friends, have formed a group called IT’S MADNESS for this special event, which is a fundraiser for the production, which is also at the Armstrong Hall, from 19 to 23 April, with an energetic cast of 60 young people!

This is an opportunity to illustrate the musical and vocal skills of some of these talented youngsters and to be transported back to the era of Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and so many more great numbers.  Tickets for the evening’s entertainment are just £4.50 and can be purchased from Thornbury Town Hall, by ringing 07748054184, or from students of the Northavon School of Drama, which performs as NYTC.  People of all ages are welcome and the evening is an excuse to revisit a fun era or discover it for the first time, so dig out that trilby and join us in our House of Fun!