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Discovery Day

Monday, August 27, 2018

Edward Jenner’s legacy includes not just the discovery of vaccination, but also early experiments with balloons and pioneering work on bird migration, cuckoos and fossils. But what would Jenner be researching if he were alive today? On August Bank Holiday Monday scientists and researchers from around the country will come to Jenner’s former home to show how they are continuing his work.

All the family will be able to get involved in The Laboratory and find out about creatures that roamed Berkeley millions of years ago, explore the body’s amazing defence system, track a weather balloon as it flies across the county and even help to create a huge science mosaic. Museum staff and volunteers will be joined by the Cheltenham Science Group, Bristol Dinosaur Project, British Society for Immunology and Royal College of Pathologists.

Fans of technology will enjoy seeing the launch of The Chantry, a virtual reality videogame that will allow people to don a headset and explore Jenner’s house as it might have been two hundred years ago. The team from Game Dr will also be showing some of their newest mobile games, including Bacteria Combat.

There are talks throughout the day showcasing Jenner’s interests in medicine, palaeontology, biology and ballooning. Highlights include BBC broadcaster and meteorologist Peter Gibbs taking us on a journey to the edge of the stratosphere, and Geoff Hilton from WWT talking about some of the important work being carried out at Slimbridge, just miles from where Jenner first put forward the idea of bird migration.
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Time: 11:00

Cost: Family tickets just £12

Where: Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden Church Lane Berkeley
Postcode: GL13 9BN

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