The Panacea Museum is in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house that was part of the community’s headquarters and incorporates several other buildings, set within the gardens. To explore the whole site takes about two hours.
In the largest of the museum buildings visitors can explore the introductory rooms, discover the period room settings showing the Society’s preparations for the opening of Joanna Southcott’s box of prophecy and learn about similar and related groups and movements established nationally and globally.
This house was the family home of Mabel Barltrop and she continued to live there after she became the leader of the Panacea Society. After her death her followers kept the house as a shrine – it remained unchanged and untouched for more than 70 years. Today visitors can explore the perfectly preserved rooms and relax in the Garden Teashop located in the buildings kitchen.
You can find out more about the museum and the Panacea Society by looking through our guide book, which gives a comprehensive overview of The Panacea Society and their beliefs. It also provides an excellent overview of what is on offer when you visit the museum.