New exhibition explores the role of servants within the secretive Panacea Society

In a new take on the story of the Panacea Society, a new exhibition explores the lives of the servants and working class Members that lived and worked within the secretive Society.

Servants and the Working Classes at the Panacea Society‘ opens on Thursday 28 April and is free to visit.

How did working class Members fit in with the middle class ladies and gentlemen of the Panacea?

The religious organisation was so deeply rooted in the class systems of the 1900s, what were the routes in for prospective Members without wealth or property?

For many such believers, becoming a servant was a way to join. The Panacea Society retained servants right up until the 1960s, and their last servants were Eva Moss and Gladys Powell (pictured).

‘Servants’ focuses on what life was like for the servants who worked for the Panacea Society, and investigates the wider social implications of service in England during the earlier years of the Society.

A vacuum cleaner used by the Panacea Society’s domestic staff

The exhibition also take a look at the Founder’s right-hand man Peter Rasmussen, a retired builder whose practical skills supported the Society’s Godly works.

The exhibition includes pieces from the Archive and items belonging to servants and Members. Documents, textiles and clothing will be on show, with many never-before-seen pieces on display.

Servants and the Working classes at the Panacea Society opens on 28 April until the end of July.

The Panacea Museum is open every Thursday – Sunday from 11.00am – 5.00pm. Entry to the exhibition and Museum is free, with no need to book.

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