The Panacea Museum is a Victorian house museum that was the headquarters of a religious community from the early 1900s. It was founded by Reverend George Edward Taylor, who was a charismatic Christian preacher and a major idealist in the holiness movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The first few days on which you visit the Panacea Museum, admission is free. There are some restrictions, for example, if you want to go inside some buildings there is an entrance fee.
The Panacea Museum is in Bedford, England. It holds an interesting collection of artefacts. To find it you have to walk up a dirt path that is surrounded by trees.
- There are two windmills on site that were used in its past for grinding flour
- A large graveyard with headstones bearing names of people who once lived there
- There are several buildings that were built between the years of 1848 and 1930
- The main building is a Victorian house that serves as the museum’s largest display area
- There are several rooms, including bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, libraries and parlours. This gives you an idea of what it was like to live in the Panacea Museum when it was still operational
- There are smaller buildings on site which include workshops for making shoes and clothes
The Panacea Museum was founded by Reverend George Edward Taylor who believed that each movement begins with “a small group of people called by God”. It is based on his ideas about how human history began where there were four main groups of people who lived differently. They were the Ancient Hunters, The Shepherds, The Agriculturalists and lastly The Industrialists. He believed that he could find peace with God if he had his own land where everyone lived in the same way as the early Christians did.
Reverend George Edward Taylor was a charismatic Christian preacher who started out as an Anglican curate, but then became one of the most important idealists within the holiness movement of late 1800’s Britain. He studied for some time at St Aidens, Birkenhead before being ordained into Holy Orders by Bishop Charles Sumner in 1867. After this point, he began to preach against drinking alcohol and proclaimed that he had the “gift of tongues”. He believed that everyone was equal, even women. The Bible was his main source of inspiration because he felt that this told him how to live his life. For these reasons, Taylor decided to form a community where there would be no alcohol or pork allowed and everyone would wear clothes made from flax. This way they could be closer to God’s original design for humanity as it is depicted in the story found in the book of Genesis.
Visitors who have been to this Victorian house museum say that: It is a unique and interesting place.