Dr Edward Jenner is considered a hero of science. His work saved countless lives and his development of the first ever Vaccine (to prevent smallpox) eventually led to the eradication of the disease and the development of the Science of Immunology which continues to save lives in the present day.
Pity then that The Jenner Trust see it as appropriate to cheapen the history of Edward Jenner and his work by inviting ghost hunters to attend “paranormal investigations” in the Jenner Museum.
The above is an image of a message posted to a paranormal Facebook page. When those interested make contact they are sent a professional information pack designed with ghost hunting teams in mind. The Jenner Trust says it’s aims are ‘to preserve the property and its contents, to promote the knowledge of Jenner and his work and the science of immunology that resulted from it‘ but it’s a shame they do not hold such high regard for science in general, and allow pseudo-scientific paranormal research teams to traipse around the premises to make some extra money towards their work.
I work for a charitable organisation myself and I know how difficult it can be to raise funds to maintain the work such an organisation aims to continue to do, but surely turning to ghost hunting as a form of revenue is unimaginative and scraping the barrel for a Trust that aims to promote the work of such a notable scientist? There is so much scope for the championing of such a cause that it seems such a let down that so much energy would be put into trying to attract ghost hunters to visit the premises.
As The Telegraph reported in 2009 [link], the paranormal interest in Dr Jenner’s House was started by a photograph captured by a BBC photographer that it was claimed showed an apparition sitting in a chair in one of the attic rooms. It was nothing more than a photographic artifact caused by the way in which the panoramic photo was taken, but it was enough to give ghost hunters a reason to flock to the house (which they have been doing ever since), desperately trying to communicate with or capture the apparition on their cameras too.
Ghost folklore sometimes plays an important role in the heritage of our country and its historic buildings. You can hear stories passed down from generation to generation and be provided with some insight into the way our ancestors thought of the world around them, but this new breed of paranormal tourism just cheapens it all.