In a new take on the story, we are exploring the lives of the servants and working class Members that lived and worked within the Society.
How did working class Members fit in with the middle class ladies and gentlemen of the Panacea? In an organisation 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.
The exhibition 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. We 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
The exhibition is open 28th April - 24th July,
Thursday – Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm.
Entry to the exhibition and Museum is free, with no need to book.