British Red Cross Bedfordshire OPEN GARDEN, PANACEA MUSEUM GARDEN BEDFORD
The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens with plenty of places to sit and relax; lawn games are also provided for visitors. The gardens tell the story of the Panacea Society, a remarkable religious community formed in the early twentieth century. The Panacea Museum is in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house that was part of the community’s headquarters. The museum also incorporates several other buildings that formed the original community’s campus. The Panacea society believed these gardens stood on the site of the original Gardens of Eden and was part of their religious understanding of the place where they lived, and where they would witness the coming millennium. The Society imbued many aspects of the garden with significance. When you walk through the gardens, look out for the weeping ash tree outside the Chapel called ‘Yggdrasil’. In ancient Norse mythology this mystical tree was ‘the tree of life and knowledge' at the centre of the world.
Open 1.30pm - 5.00pm, Price Suggested donation £4.00 per adult, children under 12 free.
Directions: Parking is available at the pay and display in Lurke Street off the A6 and is a 5 minute walk away. By kind permission of: Dr Justin Megitt
Panacea Museum, entrance: 9 Newnham Rd, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 3NX
Sun 15 Jul 2018