A personal reflection on Dilys Barltrop by Museum volunteer Adrian Bean. Devotees of all things Panacean will probably have immensely kind feelings about Mabel’s daughter, who is buried in Bedford Cemetery close to her mother.
Joining as a Domestic Servant was the only way working-class women could become resident members of the Panacea Society. From the founding in 1919 until the end of the Society, domestic servants kept the community’s houses running smoothly.
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the world-tree, the Tree of Knowledge at the centre of the Universe. The Panacea Society Members believed that this Pagan symbolism was very relevant to their Twentieth Century Garden of Eden.