Friday, 9 July 2010

An Evening with the Angel of Death

The Angel of Death is one name given to smallpox, the deadly disease that killed millions throughout human history, and a new book has recently been written on the subject by Gareth Williams, a Trustee of the Edward Jenner Museum. On Thursday 22nd July he will be giving a talk “The House on the 13th Milestone: who really discovered vaccination?” at the Old Cyder House in Berkeley. The talk will draw on his book and introduces new angles to the story of how Jenner discovered vaccination.
While the account of Edward Jenner and his development of a vaccine against smallpox is well known, Gareth Williams will take the audience further into history with new and expanded information covering Edward Jenner’s experiments involving his gardener’s son with cowpox right up to 1980 when the World Health Organisation officially announced the eradication of the deadly disease.
Sarah Parker, the Director of the Edward Jenner Museum said We are delighted to welcome Gareth both as a Trustee and an energetic supporter of the Museum. He has told a compelling story in his book and we look forward to an entertaining and informative evening.
The talk is one of a series on medical subjects this year, linked to the Museum’s celebrations of the eradication of Smallpox, which has resulted in much coverage both in the UK and internationally – the small Gloucestershire town of Berkeley has been the global focus of honouring Edward Jenner’s work.
The Old Cyder House talks take place throughout the year covering a variety of subjects from a wide range of speakers: not all are medically related. Future talks will be covering North Wales’ Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and the Loch Ness Monster!
All talks have proven popular so reserve your tickets now by contacting the Museum on 01453 810631 or emailing info@edwardjenner.co.uk , Gareth Williams’ talk will start at 7.30pm and cost £10 per person which includes a glass of wine or juice. 

More details can be found on the museum website, www.jennermuseum.com where there is also information on hiring The Old Cyder House and about other events at the Museum.

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