Health and the roman baths.

Nice to receive a Tweet from @DrJennersHouse which is helping look after publicity for  Dr Jenner’s House and Garden – formerly The Edward Jenner Museum – at The Chantry in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

Dr Jenner's House - The Chantry
Dr Jenner’s House – The Chantry

Edward Jenner was the 18th century local doctor who pioneered the smallpox vaccine – the world’s first vaccination – which led to the science of immunology.

It’s a little out of the Virtual Museum of Bath’s patch but they have an event coming up which is certainly connected with a big chunk of our history!

They’ve  asked me to promote a talk by Dr Roger White – entitled ‘Mens sana in corpore sano – an exploration of Roman baths, bathing and medicine’ coming up at the Museum’s Old Cyder House Conference Centre on Monday, July 14th at 7.30.

He’ll be looking at Roman understandings of health and cleanliness, and how you could usually find a doctor in the bathhouse.

Dr White is the Academic Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and a specialist in Wroxeter Roman City.

For more information you are asked to ring 01453/810631 or email You can also read more about the talk and the Edward Jenner Museum on