After being closed for six months, the Panacea Museum and gardens reopened to the public on Thursday (24 September).
In line with government coronavirus guidelines, there are plenty of extra safety measures in place to protect both visitors and staff.
Once again, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating story of Octavia and the Panacea Society, a religious community formed in the early 20th Century.
The Society’s name became familiar to many people beyond Bedford through their national advertising campaign in the 1960s and 70s to open Joanna Southcott’s sealed box of prophecies at a time of national danger.
The box could only be opened in the presence of 24 bishops.
The Society’s slogan – which sounds like a description of 2020 – was: “War, disease, crime and banditry, distress of nations and perplexity will increase until the Bishops open Joanna Southcott’s box.”
The Museum incorporates beautiful Victorian architecture, interiors and the beautifully tended Garden of Eden.
Although the majority of the Museum is open to the public, there is a one-way system in place which includes access to the Gardens.
All visitors to the museum are required to wear a mask, and hand sanitising stations are at each entrance and exit.
More information can be found on their website.